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Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Rock, Roll and Romney

Rock, Roll and Romney

Now that he's been endorsed by Meat Loaf, Mitt Romney's campaign has a real playlist. Here are some of the rock -- and country -- stars who love Romney. Read »

Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Butter Bust of Obama Takes to Chicago Streets

Butter Bust of Obama Takes to Chicago Streets

If you see a yellow-ish sculpture of a man's head rolling through the Loop Friday afternoon, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you: It really is a bust of President Barack Obama made of butter. The butter head... Read »

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Michelle Relerford

President Obama Votes in Chicago

Barack Obama on Thursday became the first sitting president to cast an early ballot in person when he voted at a community center on Chicago's south side. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By BJ Lutz

14 Arrested in Protest at Bain Capital-Controlled Plant

14 Arrested in Protest at Bain Capital-Controlled Plant

Workers at Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport have been pleading with Gov. Mitt Romney, who still owns Bain Capital stock, to use his influence to save soon-to-be-outsourced jobs. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why Abortion May Not Be As Big An Issue As The Democrats Hope

Opinion: Why Abortion May Not Be As Big An Issue As The Democrats Hope

It's hard to argue that the right to abortion is in peril after Reagan, Bush I and Bush II did nothing to ban it. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Dark Horse Who Emerged As A Front Runner

The Dark Horse Who Emerged As A Front Runner

An amazing number of political terms originated at the race track. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Camp Ties Romney to Mourdock Comments

Less than two weeks out from the election, President Barack Obama's campaign quickly tied opponent Mitt Romney to controversial comments made this week by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Romney Returns to Chicago Nov. 2

Romney Returns to Chicago Nov. 2

After seeing fundraising success in the Chicago area earlier this year, Mitt Romney again looks to President Barack Obama's home turf for a pre-election push. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde, Anthony Ponce

Who Won Monday's Debate?

Who Won Monday's Debate?

Who won Monday night's debate? An informal survey of NBC 5 viewers voted 1,047 to 409 that President Barack Obama prevailed in the final meeting. They weren't the only ones. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Roots of Red vs. Blue Politics

The Roots of Red vs. Blue Politics

The regional divisions we see every election can be traced all the way back to England. The colonists brought their squabbling cultures to North America, where the fight continues to this day. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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