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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

A trio of Wisconsin politicians -- Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about President... Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Oberweis Attacks Durbin in 'Dick Nixon' Radio Spot

Midterm Elections: Oberweis Attacks Durbin in 'Dick Nixon' Radio Spot

Jim Oberweis has launched his most negative attack yet on U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, releasing a radio ad that compares the Illinois Democrat to Richard Nixon. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Oberweis Says Durbin 'Bullied' Walgreen Co.

As U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin declared victory Wednesday for Walgreen Co.'s decision to keep its headquarters in Illinois, Republican businessman Jim Oberweis accused him of "bullying," saying the Senate's... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Durbin, Emanuel Praise Walgreen's Decision to Remain in Illinois

Illinois politicians are praising Walgreen's decision to keep its headquarters in suburban Chicago rather than take it overseas to save on corporate taxes. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

It's official: Tio Hardiman will challenge Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate. The Chicago Democrat and former Illinois gubernatorial candidate made his announcement Tuesday afternoon, calling Republican Sen. Kirk... Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Oberweis Targets Single Moms in New Ad

Opinion: Oberweis Targets Single Moms in New Ad

The GOP senatorial candidate has apparently taken Ward Room's advice and released a new-and-improved radio spot using a woman narrator instead of a man to introduce a pro-Oberweis testimonial geared toward... Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks "New Low"

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is not amused by the Illinois GOP's distribution of a fake press release claiming that he would pressure Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to testify about his scandal-plagued anti-violence... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Oberweis Pressures Durbin to Crack Down on IRS Over Missing Emails

Oberweis Pressures Durbin to Crack Down on IRS Over Missing Emails

Jim Oberweis, who's attempting to unseat Dick Durbin as Illinois senator, has urged the Democratic incumbent to join his newly minted crusade to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Jim Oberweis Courts Women Voters in Weak New Ad

Opinion: Jim Oberweis Courts Women Voters in Weak New Ad

Jim Oberweis is courting women voters in a new radio ad featuring a testimonial by a former employee. Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Jim Oberweis Snags Support of Rev. Corey Brooks

Jim Oberweis Snags Support of Rev. Corey Brooks

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis has nabbed the support of Rev. Corey Brooks, who runs the New Beginnings Church of Chicago on the city's South Side. Read »

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