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Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Would You Buy A Used Politician?

Would You Buy A Used Politician?

Scott Lee Cohen fails to pawn himself off on the Democratic committeemen of the 5th Senate district. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Pols Pass on Scott Lee Cohen

Pols Pass on Scott Lee Cohen

Committeemen decide not to nominate Cohen for State Sen. Rickey Hendon's open seat. Read »

Friday, Mar 11, 2011 at 6:38 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Scott Lee Cohen for Illinois Senate?

Scott Lee Cohen for Illinois Senate?

Spokeswoman says former pawnbroker-turned-politician being courted by committeemen. Read »

Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 at 9:48 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Ward Room Staff

Scott Lee Cohen Promises Tell-All Book

Former candidate penning book: From Pawnbroker to Politician: The Threats, The Pressure and The Promises. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 at 7:53 AM
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By Jenel Nels

GUV LSR

GUV LSR
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Scott Lee Cohen gets vanity plates commemorating his Lt. Governor win. Read »

Friday, Oct 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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By Elliot Beazley

Cohen Hires Zombies to Stir Voters Brains'

Cohen Hires Zombies to Stir Voters Brains'

The Independent governor gets festive. Read »

Monday, Oct 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Cohen Denies Allegations of Vote-Buying

Ministers say they were offered $500 for their public support. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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By Carol Marin

Slimmer Scott Lee Cohen Talks Jobs with Seniors

Slimmer Scott Lee Cohen Talks Jobs with Seniors
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The indy candidate attended a Senior Expo and fired a salvo toward the front-runners. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Last Ballot Challenge Dropped, Cohen Eyes Win

"I believe in my heart that I will win the election," says Cohen. Read »

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 3:13 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Won't Challenging Cohen and Claypool's Petitions Just Make Them More Attractive Candi...

Why going after Cohen is coming sense, but going after Claypool may be more trouble than it's worth. Read »

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