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Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial

Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial

The legendary Chicago Bears coach is as beloved as he is ubiquitous here in the Windy City, where the 74-year-old sports icon and ESPN radio host hawks all sorts of national and local brands—raking in an... Read »

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Anti-Rauner Political Ad Spoofs the Country Club Set

Anti-Rauner Political Ad Spoofs the Country Club Set

A new political ad targeting Bruce Rauner takes a big swipe at the country club set in a spoof worthy of Saturday Night Live. Read »

Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM
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By Associated Press

Brookfield Zoo Gets $1M State Money for Facility

Brookfield Zoo Gets $1M State Money for Facility

Brookfield Zoo will get $1 million in state funding to develop a building designed for disabled people, underserved communities and veterans and their families. Read »

Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn, Rauner Showcase 'Everyday Lifestyles'

The battle for governor in Illinois continued Friday as both Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner took on new challenges. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Getting Dovish: Rauner Scraps Hunting Event

Getting Dovish: Rauner Scraps Hunting Event

Bruce Rauner has scrapped plans to take donors on a dove hunt. The Republican governor candidate had initially invited contributors pledging $10,000 the chance to join him for some dove-shooting action at the... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, it's time for the real games to begin. The end of summer is when election season really starts to rev up, and with Nov. 4 just two months away, political... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Beside recruiting President Barack Obama's former adviser David Plouffe to lead its policy branch, Uber has brought on a small army of lobbyists to tackle political issues on the state level—and here in... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Quinn Needs More Than ‘Class Warfare’ Strategy to Win

Opinion: Quinn Needs More Than ‘Class Warfare’ Strategy to Win

Quinn seems to be placing all of his bets on one central idea: Bruce Rauner is simply too rich to be governor. Read »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Pulls a Romney In Minimum Wage Confession

While Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn subsists on minimum wage in what some view as an election-cycle PR stunt, his Republican rival Bruce Rauner's past statements on the issue continue to haunt the Winnetka venture... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Eats $2 Breakfast for Minimum Wage Challenge

Quinn Eats $2 Breakfast for Minimum Wage Challenge

Illinois governor is trying to live on $79 this week. 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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