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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Attacks Quinn, Name-Drops Blago in New 'Deja Vu' Ad

Rauner Attacks Quinn, Name-Drops Blago in New 'Deja Vu' Ad

Bruce Rauner is going negative in his campaign against Gov. Pat Quinn and a new attack ad gives ample air time to Rod Blagojevich, the Republican candidate's second favorite punching bag after Quinn. Read »

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn vs. Rauner: Grading Tactics of Governor's Race

Quinn vs. Rauner: Grading Tactics of Governor's Race

While Bruce Rauner ups the ante on attacks against Pat Quinn, the Illinois governor is on the defense as he fends off his Republican rival's relentess allegations of corruption, cronyism and carrying on the... Read »

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn's Blago Problem: He Can't Escape the Taint of Corruption

Quinn's Blago Problem: He Can't Escape the Taint of Corruption

It certainly doesn't help Gov. Quinn's campaign that Democratic precedessor, Rod Blagojevich, sits in federal prison outside Denver, serving a 14-year-sentence for corruption. Read »

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner Slams Quinn as "Fundamentally Corrupt"

Bruce Rauner Slams Quinn as

Bruce Rauner continues to deploy the two most powerful C-words in Illinois politics -- corruption and cronyism -- in his relentless, righteous crusade against Gov. Pat Quinn. The multi-millionaire Republican... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Here Is What Patti Blagojevich Is Doing While Rod Is In Prison

Here Is What Patti Blagojevich Is Doing While Rod Is In Prison

The wife of disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has emerged from the shadows of political pariah-ville with new job in the family business. Read »

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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By Associated Press

Blagojevich Campaign Account Donates Final Dollars

Blagojevich Campaign Account Donates Final Dollars

A federal campaign account for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now empty, two years into the Chicago Democrat's prison term. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Blagojevich Wins Round in Appellate Court

Former governor Rod Blagojevich won a round in the appellate court today. The three judges hearing Blagojevich’s appeal will now consider dozens of undercover recordings, which were never admitted as evidence at... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Bill Brady Compares Bruce Rauner to Blago

Bill Brady twice compared Republican opponent for governor Bruce Rauner to jailed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich during Tuesday night's GOP candidate forum. Read »

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blagojevich Fundraiser Gets 2 Years in Prison

Raghuveer Nayak pleaded guilty last September to federal health-care fraud charges. He apologized and asked the judge to have mercy on him and his family. The 58-year-old Chicago-area businessman faced up to 23... Read »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Blago Lawyers to Appeals Court: Play All the Tapes

Blago Lawyers to Appeals Court: Play All the Tapes

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago to unseal the transcripts of unplayed tapes from the former governor’s two criminal trials. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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

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

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