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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

After initially giving a slight edge to the Democrats, The Rothenberg Report has re-labeled Illinois' 12th-district congressional showdown a "pure toss-up." Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Quinn vs. Rauner: Guess Who's Recruited Gloria Steinem?

Opinion: Quinn vs. Rauner: Guess Who's Recruited Gloria Steinem?

When I heard that famed feminist Gloria Steinem is coming to town to campaign for Pat Quinn, my inner coffeeshop critic immediately wondered: What is she doing with him? Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mellows on Decriminalizing Pot: 'I'm Open to the Discussion'

Rauner Mellows on Decriminalizing Pot: 'I'm Open to the Discussion'

Since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the case Tuesday for decriminalizing pot possession statewide, Illinois' Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is seeming to mellow from a harder stance that has... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Second City Spoofs Quinn-Rauner Race With Rival Political Ads

Second City Spoofs Quinn-Rauner Race With Rival Political Ads

Anyone who felt mildly annoyed at the "me time"-interrupting barrage of gloomy political attack ads that aired during Sunday's otherwise perfect installment of The Good Wife is going to appreciate these new... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's Nursing Home Drama Escalates Amid Federal Trial

Rauner's Nursing Home Drama Escalates Amid Federal Trial

Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner is keeping his lips zipped as a federal trial involving his former private equity firm and allegations of nursing home neglect launches in Florida. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bobby Rush: African-Americans Should Get '35 to 40 Percent' of CTA's 95th Street Construction Jobs

Bobby Rush: African-Americans Should Get '35 to 40 Percent' of CTA's 95th Street Construction Jobs

Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, a Democrat whose district encompasses a portion of Chicago's South Side, is giving the Chicago Transit Authority until Friday to make a decision on his request that African-Amer... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:18 AM
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By Marion Brooks

Black Ministers Endorse Rauner for Governor

Rauner picks up several minority endorsements, answers questions about hiring at private equity firm. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race

Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race

Two months ago pollsters were shifting predictions to favor GOP candidate Bruce Rauner over Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Illinois gubernatorial race. But now, with the Nov. 4 election just six... Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Trade Jabs

The Illinois governor's race continues to heat up. Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

Who's ready for a mud bath? Another week, another shameless display of political character assassination. Let's jump in! Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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.

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Ed Burke

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