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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rick Perry Is Not Coming to Town After All

Rick Perry Is Not Coming to Town After All

After so much hype on his end, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has scrapped plans to visit Chicago this week as part of a grandstanding mission to persuade Illinois businesses to relocate to the Lone Star State. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Perry's Wrong on Spending Critique

Opinion: Perry's Wrong on Spending Critique

Texas governor Rick Perry has some advice for the state of Illinois: stop caring about your people so much. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rick Perry Launches New Mission to Poach Illinois-Based Companies

Rick Perry Launches New Mission to Poach Illinois-Based Companies

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is flying to Chicago today in another effort to lure companies away from Illinois. Read »

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Jokes About Rick Perry, 'Raging Socialist' School

Obama Jokes About Rick Perry, 'Raging Socialist' School

President Obama delivered some sharp one-liners worthy of a Daily Show monologue at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, poking fun at Joe Biden, John Boehner and Chris Christie, among other usual... Read »

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Move Your Business To Texas, Watch It Blow Up

Opinion: Move Your Business To Texas, Watch It Blow Up

Illinois is second to Texas in high-risk sites, but Texas has four more accidents, injuries and deaths. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: After Plant Explosion, Perry Should Get Tough Questions About Texas Business Practices

Opinion: After Plant Explosion, Perry Should Get Tough Questions About Texas Business Practices

In a letter to entice Illinois businessmen, Gov. Rick Perry brags that worker rights and worker safety are weaker in Texas -- the state that just had to worst workplace disaster in years. Read »

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Neo-Confederate Tea Partiers Need Joe Walsh

Why Neo-Confederate Tea Partiers Need Joe Walsh

As Michael Lind writes in Salon, the Tea Party is mainly a Southern movement. Which is why it needs a spokesman without a Southern accent. 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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