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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 »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner and Quinn Trade Barbs Over Cayman Controversy

Which surprises you the most: A) That Bruce Rauner diverted some of his millions to the Cayman Islands, Mitt Romney-style; B) That Pat Quinn immediately jumped on the news to cast Rauner as a villainous tax... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rick Perry Launches New Mission to Poach Illinois-Based Companies

Rick Perry Launches New Mission to Poach Illinois-Based Companies

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is flying to Chicago today in another effort to lure companies away from Illinois. 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 »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner's Tax Returns Reveal Millions Saved Through Fee Waiver Loophole

Bruce Rauner's Tax Returns Reveal Millions Saved Through Fee Waiver Loophole

Tax returns released by Bruce Rauner reveal that Republican gubernatorial nominee took advantage of a fee waiver loophole to avoid paying the full federal rate for the nation's wealthiest. Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois Teachers Spend $325,000 to Defeat Bruce Rauner

Illinois Teachers Spend $325,000 to Defeat Bruce Rauner

An Illinois teachers group has donated $325,000 to a union-backed super PAC whose main agenda is to defeat Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign for governor. Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Hedge Fund Mogul Ken Griffin Donates $2.5 Million to Bruce Rauner

Hedge Fund Mogul Ken Griffin Donates $2.5 Million to Bruce Rauner

Citadel CEO Ken Griffin has donated a record-smashing $2.5 million to the campaign of Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican nominee for governor. Read »

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rutherford Accuser Adds Romney Campaign to Lawsuit

Rutherford Accuser Adds Romney Campaign to Lawsuit

The sex harassment lawsuit be re-filed Thursday morning against State Treasurer Dan Rutherford names the Mitt Romney for President campaign, according to local reports. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rutherford’s Attention to Detail Takes a Hit. Or Three.

Rutherford’s Attention to Detail Takes a Hit. Or Three.

Clearly, Dan Rutherford is an accomplished guy. So why can’t he get some of the little things right? Read »

Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why a GOP Plan to Rig the Electoral College Won't Work

Why a GOP Plan to Rig the Electoral College Won't Work

Republicans in states won by Obama want to start allocating electoral votes by congressional district. Even that scheme wouldn't have saved Mitt Romney. Read »

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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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