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Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 6:23 AM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Walsh, Duckworth Clash on Lawsuit

Walsh, Duckworth Clash on Lawsuit

The lawsuit, filed by Christine Butler and Denise Goins, alleges Duckworth and the facility's acting director, Patricia Simms, violated ethics and inflicted emotional distress in a job review. The two workers... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM
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By Dick Johnson, Associated Press

Walsh, Duckworth Go On Attack in Third Debate

Debate in one of the most-watched congressional races devolved into name calling as Walsh labeled Duckworth a "failed bureaucrat" and she called him a tea party servant. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Duckworth Has 14-Point Lead Over Walsh

Duckworth Has 14-Point Lead Over Walsh

Tammy Duckworth leads Rep. Joe Walsh, 52-38, in their race for the 8th Congressional District. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Walsh Gives Away Trip to California -- to See Duckworth

Walsh Gives Away Trip to California -- to See Duckworth

To criticize his opponent for spending time and raising money outside Illinois, Rep. Joe Walsh is giving a GOP donor a free trip to hear her speak in California. Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Walsh On Muslim Who Allegedly Tried To Bomb Bar: I Told You So

Opinion: Walsh On Muslim Who Allegedly Tried To Bomb Bar: I Told You So

Rep. Joe Walsh says an 18-year-old Hillside Muslim's attempt to blow up a Chicago bar proves that radical Islam in plotting to kill Americans. Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Walsh Holds Ladies' Week

Joe Walsh Holds Ladies' Week

After attacking immigrants, minorities, Muslims and liberals, the Tea Party congressman went after women last week. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Duckworth Defends Commander in Chief

Tammy Duckworth, the 8th District Congressional candidate running against Joe Walsh, defended the Commander in Chief during her speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 8:07 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Rahm Among DNC's Tuesday Speakers

Though he cut short his time in Charlotte, Mayor Rahm Emanuel still is expected to address delegates Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention. Read »

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Duckworth Double Dipped on Tax Exemption

Duckworth Double Dipped on Tax Exemption

Tammy Duckworth, the 8th District congressional candidate running against Joe Walsh, typically receives glowing press. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Walsh Accused of Billnapping

Walsh Accused of Billnapping

The controversial congressman introduces a bill to help veterans. A Democrat claims he introduced it first. Read »

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