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Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Bloomberg Wins 2nd District Primary

Opinion: Bloomberg Wins 2nd District Primary

The 2nd District election was a victory for unlimited money in politics, not gun control. The next billionaire to buy an election won't be so liberal. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Robin Kelly Takes Aim At NRA In Victory Speech

If there was every any question about the role guns played in the special election primary to replace disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Rep. Robin Kelly answered it Tuesday in the her victory... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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By Lisa Balde

As It Happened: 2nd District Special Election

As It Happened: 2nd District Special Election

Low voter turnout and an approaching storm could bring Tuesday’s 2nd District primary down to a close call. Who will win the seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. in November? Follow our coverage all day of the... Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Halvorson, Kelly, Beale Sprint To 2nd District Finish

Candidates vying to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. made their final push before Tuesday's special primary in the 2nd District. Read »

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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By Associated Press

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

The candidates vying to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. are making their final push before Tuesday's election. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: The Mayor Chooses A Congresswoman

Opinion: The Mayor Chooses A Congresswoman

Except it's the mayor of New York, not the mayor of Chicago. Read »

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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By Anthony Ponce, Mary Ann Ahern & Lisa Balde
      

Robin Kelly Denies Link to Bloomberg Super PAC

As the race heats up to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 2nd District, candidate Robin Kelly shot back Monday about accusations that she has ties to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg or his super PAC that... Read »

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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By Associated Press

Halvorson Eyes the Prize After Hutchinson Withdrawal

Halvorson Eyes the Prize After Hutchinson Withdrawal

Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson believes her chances of winning Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacant U.S. House seat have just been given a boost. Read »

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Hutchinson Leaves Race to Congress, Endorses Kelly

Hutchinson Leaves Race to Congress, Endorses Kelly

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the contest to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress Sunday and threw her support behind former Rep. Robin Kelly. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Jan Schakowsky Endorses Robin Kelly

Jan Schakowsky Endorses Robin Kelly

Kelly adds Schakowsky's endorsement to those of Rep. Danny Davis and Rep. Bobby Rush. Read »

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