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Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM
By Erin Carlson

Obama's Star-Making DNC Speech, 10 Years Later

Obama's Star-Making DNC Speech, 10 Years Later

Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's star-making keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Things have changed. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM
By Erin Carlson

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are taking different perspectives on how (or how not) to respond to the bloody civil battle ravaging Iraq. Read »

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM
By Alexandria Fisher

Conan Makes Rahm Joke at Correspondents' Dinner

Ever wonder if television had a series about some of Washington’s biggest politicians who would play them? Well, Conan O’Brien has your answers, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s character shouldn’t come as... Read »

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM
By Lisa Balde

John Kerry Visits Illinois Parents Of Slain Diplomat

Kerry on Monday flew to O'Hare International Airport, where he met with the parents of 25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff, the River Forest native who was killed last week by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Read »

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM
By Edward McClelland

Making the Senate Seat Less "F***ing Golden": A How-To Guide

If we take away the governor's power to appoint a senator, he'll only be able to sell seats on the Tollway Authority and the pension boards, Read »

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