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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 »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:15 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Napolean Harris Drops Out Of Special Election

Napolean Harris Drops Out Of Special Election

Candidate, former pro football player supporting Robin Kelly. Read »

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Preckwinkle Endorses Hutchinson

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is passing over former staffer Robin Kelly to endorse state Sen. Toi Hutchinson in the 2nd Congressional District special election. Read »

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Kelly, Hutchinson Spar on Gun Control

Kelly, Hutchinson Spar on Gun Control

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson calls Robin Kelly a hypocrite for attacking her record on guns. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Robin Kelly Releases Gun Control Video

Robin Kelly Releases Gun Control Video

The 2nd Congressional District candidate has a five-point plan for reducing gun violence. Read »

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