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Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Party of Lincoln -- Again

The Party of Lincoln -- Again

The Illinois Republican Party gave us the greatest political model in American history. They should follow his example back to power and relevance. Read »

Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Rahmney Vote

The Rahmney Vote

Want to know where Mitt Romney did well in Chicago? Look at where Mayor Rahm Emanuel did well in 2011. Turns out there was a significant overlap in their support. Call it the Rahmney vote -- well-to-do... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: In Some Utah Precincts, Obama Received No Votes

Opinion: In Some Utah Precincts, Obama Received No Votes

Sixteen Utah counties gave Romney a bigger margin of victory than Obama received in Chicago. He's as popular among Mormons there as Obama is among blacks here. Go figure. Read »

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Why Obama Called Clinton on Election Night

Obama 2012 Chief Campaign Strategist David Axelrod gives glimpse into how President Obama spent Election Night. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Overheard at Illinois Polls on Election Day

Overheard at Illinois Polls on Election Day

A selection of voter reactions as Illinoisans went to the polls Tuesday: "The president had his chance, and he screwed it up. It is time to get a Republican back and fix this country." — Barb Lynn, 38, of... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:20 AM
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By Lauren Petty

How Romney, Obama Plan To Spend Election Day

How Romney, Obama Plan To Spend Election Day

Election Day plans are shaping up for former Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Romney planned to end his campaigning Monday with a rally in Manchester, N.H., but added two more stops late in the day... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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By Lisa Balde and Anthony Ponce
      

Election Chairman Apologizes for 'Bumpy Start'

Despite issues, Chicago voter turnout expected to be roughly the same as it was in 2008, at 73.8 percent. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:12 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

As It Happened: Election Night in Chicago

As It Happened: Election Night in Chicago

Election Day in Chicago was a rollercoaster for both voters and candidates. Relive every blow-by-blow from the Windy City. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Obama Doubles Romney in Online Ad Spending

Obama Doubles Romney in Online Ad Spending

Online advertising for the 2012 presidential race increased a whopping 251 percent from four years ago, according to Federal Election Commission data provided through mid-October. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Obama Takes Stage for Rally in Milwaukee

Obama Takes Stage for Rally in Milwaukee

Thousands of people packed into the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee to see President Barack Obama on Saturday. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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