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Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at 1:56 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Here's Who's Running for Governor of Illinois

As the race for Illinois governor continues to heat up, take a look at the candidates vying for the job.View gallery »

  • Bruce Rauner (R)
  • Jeanne Ives (R)
  • Daniel Biss (D)
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 6:02 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Here's Who's Running for Governor of Illinois

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  • Bruce Rauner (R)
  • Daniel Biss (D)
  • Bob Daiber (D)
Monday, Apr 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM
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By Summer Concepcion

25 Odd Places to Vote In Chicago

Polling places for the April 7 election that add more fun to the civic duty of voting.View gallery »

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Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:58 AM
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By Summer Concepcion

18 Wards Head Into Aldermanic Runoff

NBC Chicago and Ward Room bring you profiles on the 18 wards heading into a runoff election April 7.View gallery »

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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:21 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

Rahm Emanuel's Election Night Watch Party

Election night watch party for Rahm EmanuelView gallery »

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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:02 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

How'd You Vote?

Chicagoans weigh in on who and why they did (or didn't) voteView gallery »

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  • Sean Depp
  • Jai Henry
Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:09 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Get to Know Your Ward

The Chicago ward boundaries have undergone a change that will take effect Feb. 24 during the municipal election. Before you head into the voting booth this year, get to know your ward as it stands in 2015.View gallery »

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Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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By Salina Jewell

Illinois General Election Guide 2014

November 4 is election day for Illinois residents to vote for who they would like to represent them. Take a quick look at who is running for what, where and who they are running against.View gallery »

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Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis Butt Heads on ISIS, IRS

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, faced off against Republican rival Jim Oberweis in a frequently hostile "endorsement debate" before the Chicago Tribune editorial board on Monday. Read »

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

After initially giving a slight edge to the Democrats, The Rothenberg Report has re-labeled Illinois' 12th-district congressional showdown a "pure toss-up." Read »

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