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Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Poll Shows Debbie Halvorson Leading in 2nd District

Poll Shows Debbie Halvorson Leading in 2nd District

Pollster says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ads may have backfired. Read »

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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By Associated Press

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

The candidates vying to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. are making their final push before Tuesday's election. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: NRA Has A Lot Riding On 2nd District Election

Opinion: NRA Has A Lot Riding On 2nd District Election

In the first federal election since President Obama proposed an assault weapons ban, gun control is the number one issue. Read »

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Halvorson Opposes Assault Weapons Ban

Halvorson Opposes Assault Weapons Ban

Even Sen. Mark Kirk favors an assault weapons ban -- but 2nd District congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson says we don't need new gun laws. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Candidates Begin Filing Petitions For JJJr's Seat

Candidates Begin Filing Petitions For JJJr's Seat

Ald. Anthony Beale, Sen. Toi Hutchinson, former Rep. Robin Kelly, incoming Sen. Napoleon Harris and Clifford Eagleton met the 8 a.m. deadline to be eligible for a drawing that determines the top ballot spot. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Poll: Jackson Leads Halvorson, 59-23

Poll: Jackson Leads Halvorson, 59-23

Jesse Jackson, Jr., has expanded his lead over Debbie Halvorson since December, and has exceptionally high job approval ratings. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Jackson Pulls Out of Debate with Halvorson

Jackson Pulls Out of Debate with Halvorson

A week ahead of the Illinois primary, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. canceled his appearance on Tuesday's WTTW debate with 2nd Congressional District challenger Debbie Halvorson. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz

Halvorson Calls out Jackson Jr. 'Fiction'

Debbie Halvorson hasn't held back in her remarks about her 2nd Congressional District opponent Jesse Jackson Jr. And she isn't stopping today. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Can Obama Save Jesse Jackson Jr. from Satan?

Can Obama Save Jesse Jackson Jr. from Satan?

Jesse Jackson Jr. faces no small opposition in his re-election run in the Congressional 2nd District, from alleged corruption connections to allegations of an extramarital affair. Jackson's tactic? Apparently... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Halvorson Shoots Back At Opponent Jackson Jr.

Halvorson Shoots Back At Opponent Jackson Jr.

Congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson on Tuesday shot back at opponent Jesse Jackson Jr. for his remarks about a super PAC targeting incumbents. Read »

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