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Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 4:07 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Year in Review: Top Illinois Politics Stories of 2015

The year 2015 was a roller coaster for many prominent Illinois politicians, both... View gallery »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Americans Want Religion to Play Bigger Role in Politics: Study

Americans Want Religion to Play Bigger Role in Politics: Study

A 72 percent majority of Americans say they think religion is losing clout and should have more influence in politics, according to a fascinating new Pew Research study on religion and public life. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: The False Equivalency of Karen, Bob and Rahm

Opinion: The False Equivalency of Karen, Bob and Rahm

On the political beat, there are few stories easier to write than one that says Candidate X is just like Candidate Y. Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Potential Wave of Progressive Aldermanic Candidates Seen for 2015

Potential Wave of Progressive Aldermanic Candidates Seen for 2015

Call it Anti-Rahm Fever or the beginnings of a true progressive movement in City Council. Either way, it appears more progressive aldermanic challengers are announcing their candidacy earlier in the 2015... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Politics on the West Side of Chicago has never been for the faint of heart. Now, in the race for the Illinois 10th House District, parts of it have gotten downright ugly. Read »

Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Tangled 40th District Race to Get Candidate Forum

Tangled 40th District Race to Get Candidate Forum

The most contested Democratic primary for an Illinois House seat will soon see its only public candidate forum with all announced candidates in attendance. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Dem Govs Put Money Down Against Rauner

Dem Govs Put Money Down Against Rauner

An Illinois political action committee has received help from a key ally to fund its expected campaign against the candidacy of Republican Bruce Rauner for governor. Read »

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

CTU Seeks to Tip Balance With New Political Org

CTU Seeks to Tip Balance With New Political Org

Union to create organization geared towards building a more concrete political infrastructure, finding candidates and actions around its objectives. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: What I Learned in 2013

Opinion: What I Learned in 2013

Every so often, something in Chicago and Illinois politics comes along that makes you sit up and take notice. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Haley BeMiller

Look Who's Running For Office

There are several federal and statewide seats up for election in 2014 and no... View gallery »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is "in play" as a possible contender to be named Donald Trump's running mate at next month's GOP convention, sources familiar with the vice presidential search tell NBC News.

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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