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Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

GOP: When in Doubt, Shoot the Messengers

GOP: When in Doubt, Shoot the Messengers

Republican figures are back to suggesting reality can’t be trusted. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Shutdown Shows Republicans Have Dumped Their Old BFF, Corporate America

Opinion: Shutdown Shows Republicans Have Dumped Their Old BFF, Corporate America

Was once upon a time that when Big Business in this country came a-callin’ The Republican Party was quick to answer. Read »

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Calling Obamacare a ‘Trainwreck’ Doesn’t Make It So

Opinion: Calling Obamacare a ‘Trainwreck’ Doesn’t Make It So

To listen to Republicans in Congress and elsewhere tell it, Obamacare is about to—or already has—bankrupt the country, kille people or leave them to die in the streets. 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 »

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Kirk Said In 2010 He'd Vote Against Immigration Reform

Kirk Said In 2010 He'd Vote Against Immigration Reform

In 2010, Senate candidate Mark Kirk told the Tribune editorial board he wouldn't support granting legal status to undocumented immigrants unless the U.S. increased security on the Mexican border. That's just how... Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk's vote on the background check bill validates my vote for Senator Kirk. 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 »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Associated Press

Republicans Delay House Hearing On Firearms Bill

Republicans Delay House Hearing On Firearms Bill

Illinois House Republicans have called a caucus meeting before debate could begin on two dozen proposals concerning legislation allowing the concealed carry of weapons. 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 »

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Daley's Open Primary Plan Aims at Madigan

Opinion: Daley's Open Primary Plan Aims at Madigan

Bill Daley wants to be governor, but he also wants to make sure the governorship is worth holding. That's not the case while House Speaker Michael Madigan has absolute control over his Democratic caucus. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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