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Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 6:33 AM
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By Carol Marin

How Joe Walsh Lost to Tammy Duckworth

How Joe Walsh Lost to Tammy Duckworth

Why did Joe Walsh, national Tea Party superstar, lose? And Tammy Duckworth win? The question of a medically necessary abortion best explains it. In this election cycle, three men — all Tea Party candidates... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Duckworth Unseats Walsh in 8th Congressional

Rep. Joe Walsh finds himself booted out of office after just two years in Congress. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Duckworth "Very Confident" Against Walsh

An "invigorated" Tammy Duckworth exuded confidence as she left the voting booth Tuesday morning in Rolling Meadows. "I feel fantastic," she told reporters. "We've been working toward this for 17, 18 months now. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford less than impressed by the move, but candidates embrace president's endorsement. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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By Carol Marin and Don Moseley

PAC Money Flows Into Illinois Races

The independent expenditures come from congressional PACS associated with the Republican and Democratic parties and from PACS and SuperPacs in which the money trial is harder to follow. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Duckworth on Walsh's Greatest Hits

Tammy Duckworth's campaign releases a compendium of Walsh's most outrageous statements. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Walsh Endorsed by Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Walsh has made job growth and economic recovery his main priority and maintains that the federal government is hampering that growth. Read »

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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By Kim Vatis, BJ Lutz

Duckworth, Calif. Rep Attack Walsh on Abortion

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who once told her Congressional colleagues about her painful need for an abortion, said she fears women's health is at risk with Republicans in office. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Duckworth Won't Pull "Deadbeat Dad" Ads

Democratic candidate for Congress Tammy Duckworth says she has no intention of pulling ads that paint her opponent, Rep. Joe Walsh, as a deadbeat dad who can't manage his finances. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 9:49 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Walsh's Abortion Quip Is Bad News

Opinion: Walsh's Abortion Quip Is Bad News

In a press conference after Thursday night's debate with opponent Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Joe Walsh shows off what he learned at the Todd Akin School of Gynecological Medicine. Read »

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