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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

A trio of Wisconsin politicians -- Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about President... Read »

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM
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By Associated Press

Report: Scott Walker Accused of Campaign Finance Criminal Scheme

Report: Scott Walker Accused of Campaign Finance Criminal Scheme

No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. The documents were filed in December as part of an investigation into alleged illegal fundraising and campaign coordination by Walker and his... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

For Gov. Walker, Fundraising Is the Reason for the Season

For Gov. Walker, Fundraising Is the Reason for the Season

Wisconsin’s Republican governor has a great holiday gift idea:
Instead of buying your children toys, send the money to him. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

S&P Lowers Illinois Credit Rating

S&P Lowers Illinois Credit Rating

Gov. Pat Quinn got some bad credit news today, and his neighbor to the north is rubbing it in. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Wednesday lowered Illinois' credit rating in the face of "weak pension funding... Read »

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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By Michelle Relerford & Alexandra Clark

Protesters to Walker: Stay Out of Illinois

Protesters to Walker: Stay Out of Illinois

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continues to attract protesters during his tour through Illinois, and his stop in Chicago on Friday was no different. Read »

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Illinois Beats Wisconsin In Job Creation

Opinion: Illinois Beats Wisconsin In Job Creation

Illinois ranked third in the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States. Wisconsin was 42nd. Take that, Scott Walker! Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Quinn To Walker: "I Know You Are, But What Am I?"

Opinion: Quinn To Walker:

Gov. Pat Quinn responds to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's attack on his record during a Tuesday speech to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Scott Walker Compares Self to Lincoln

Scott  Walker Compares Self to Lincoln

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke the Illinois Chamber of Commerce this morning, calling himself a politician with courage -- just like the local hero. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 at 8:22 PM
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By Robert Rodriguez

Quinn Settles Bet, Visits Food Pantry in Packers Jersey

Quinn Settles Bet, Visits Food Pantry in Packers Jersey

Gov. Pat Quinn makes good with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a bet over January's NFC Championship between the Bears and Packers. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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By Courtney Cox

Quinn Picks Place to Pay Packers Bet

Quinn Picks Place to Pay Packers Bet

Quinn plans to head to Kenosha next week to make good on a bet with the governor of Wisconsin. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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