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Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Dan Rutherford Mistakenly Sends Birthday Message to Deceased Woman

Dan Rutherford Mistakenly Sends Birthday Message to Deceased Woman

It's time Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford updated the list of recipients for his unsolicited "Happy Birthday" video messages. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

A prominent conservative leader calls Brady's agreement to lobby for same-sex marriage "an unholy quest." Read »

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM
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By Sara Burnett, Sophia Tareen

Republicans: Brady Resignation Offers Time for Reboot

Illinois Republicans said the resignation Tuesday of the head of the state party is a chance to regroup, rebuild the base and address mistakes that led to an Election Day shellacking. Read »

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady Steps Down

Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady Steps Down

Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady is stepping down. Brady announced his resignation Tuesday in a letter to the state party's central committee. Read »

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Brady Ouster Fails, Support for Gay Marriage Continues

Brady Ouster Fails, Support for Gay Marriage Continues

Illinois' GOP chairman emerged from another ouster attempt Saturday and said his party must be more welcoming of diversity and inclusive of people who disagree if it's going to grow and win future elections. Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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By Associated Press, Sara Burnett

Illinois GOP Didn't Have Votes to Oust Chairman

Illinois GOP Didn't Have Votes to Oust Chairman

The Illinois Republican Party central committee has canceled Saturday's scheduled meeting in which it was to consider firing party chairman Pat Brady. Read »

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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By Regina Garcia Cano/ Associated Press

Quinn Plans to 'Modernize' Voter Registration

Quinn Plans to 'Modernize' Voter Registration

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants to modernize state election law by allowing would-be voters to skip visits to the courthouse or village hall by registering on their home computers. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Return of the Bradysaurus

Opinion: Return of the Bradysaurus

Political dinosaur Bill Brady is thinking of running for governor again, reports a Bloomington radio station. Read »

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Oberweis, Walsh Try to Dump Party Chair Over Gay Marriage Stance

Opinion: Oberweis, Walsh Try to Dump Party Chair Over Gay Marriage Stance

Perennial losers Jim Oberweis and Joe Walsh don't think Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady is intolerant enough to lead the party back to the 20th Century. Read »

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Delegation Stays Positive In Face of Storm

Illinois Delegation Stays Positive In Face of Storm

In the face of Tropical Storm Isaac's churning winds that delayed some Republican National Convention events, Illinois Republicans on Monday maintained a sunny disposition. GOP Chairman Pat Brady welcomed the... Read »

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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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