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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Associated Press

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Durbin spokesman Ron Holmes says nothing is finalized and campaigns were still in discussions. He says the emails didn't include one asking Oberweis' campaign if they wanted to move forward with proposed... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM
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By Associated Press

Oberweis Says Durbin 'Bullied' Walgreen Co.

As U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin declared victory Wednesday for Walgreen Co.'s decision to keep its headquarters in Illinois, Republican businessman Jim Oberweis accused him of "bullying," saying the Senate's... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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By The Associated Press

Durbin to Putin: Take Responsibility for MH17 Crash

Durbin to Putin: Take Responsibility for MH17 Crash

Illinois Democrat called separatists "thugs," and said they've been "armed, financed and inspired by Vladimir Putin and the Russians." Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:15 AM
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By The Associated Press

Cullerton Son Charged With Sexual Battery

Cullerton Son Charged With Sexual Battery

Carroll Cullerton, son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, allegedly groped a woman in a bar. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

The Hinsdale Republican is set to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

FLOTUS "Definitely" Not Entering Politics

FLOTUS

First Lady Michelle Obama is officially on the record regarding rumored political plans after she leaves the White House. Read »

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Illinois Senate Republican Leader's Daughter Dies

Illinois Senate Republican Leader's Daughter Dies

Lisa Radogno, 31, died from massive pulmonary embolism. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM
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By The Associated Press

Quinn Signs "Cupcake" Regulations

Quinn Signs

Law requires sellers to tell consumers the product was made in a home, among other things. Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run

Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run

Political wags are beginning to wonder whether Michelle Obama is mulling a run for Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's seat in 2016. Read »

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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By Sara Burnett and Kerry Lester

Illinois Legislature OKs "Incomplete" 2015 Budget

Illinois Legislature OKs

The Illinois Legislature sent a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn Friday that majority Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue —... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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Michael Madigan

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

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