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From the Right: Declaring for the next election

This year’s election is in the books. Time to look at the next election. But does it really matter? By Justin Shimko (Note: This column was scheduled to publish on November 25. Events in Ferguson, however, prompted a delay in publishing) With the Treasurer’s race finally completed and a State House seat ultimately decided with […]

I owe Jane Byrne for launching my journalism career

Chicago Mayor Jane M. Byrne, who died on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014, was Chicago’s first female elected chief executive and the 41st mayor of the City of Chicago. The turbulence of her politics and administration launched my journalism career, and for that I owe her much Jane Byrne defeated the Machine but she became the Machine […]

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Webb discusses candidacy for 10th Ward Chicago alderman

American Arab Samantha Haddad Webb discusses her candidacy for alderman of Chicago’s 10th Ward in the February 24, 2015 election and the issues she hopes to address when she gets into the Chicago City Council Samantha Haddad Webb, candidate for alderman of the 10th Ward in Chicago, Illinois, talks about her candidacy and issues she believes […]

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How much influence did Liz Gorman & suburbs have in Rauner victory?

Bruce Rauner got his start and won the Republican Primary in March as a result of forming an alliance with Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman at the beginning of 2014. Gorman’s endorsement of Rauner over Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard secured Rauner’s GOP sweep. Voter turnout in Gorman’s district and the Cook County suburbs paved […]

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Sen. Dick Durbin’s election was close (by his margins), Democrat control of Congressional Delegation is weaker than we thought, is the Illinois 10th turning into the New Hampshire 1st are up today regarding Tuesday’s Illinois Elections. By Justin Shimko Two days after the election and we’re still poring over the numbers to find nuggets of […]

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From the Right: Why Last Night Wasn’t A Republican Wave in Illinois

The Republican Wave that swept the party to control in the US Senate and to record margins in the US House missed Illinois, as Democrats maintain their supermajorities in the General Assembly by Justin Shimko “Welcome to Red America.” “GOP Dominates Midterms.” “Republicans Ride Wave…” Those headlines may define the national election results but they […]

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Analysis, observations in Rauner-Quinn race for Governor

Republican Bruce Rauner defeated Pat Quinn in part by concentrating on voters in suburban Cook County, and by defining a clearer message that connected with Illinois voters By Ray Hanania Bruce Rauner defeated Gov. Pat Quinn in a bitter race that saw campaign spending on both sides set new records. The election wasn’t even close. And […]

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Durbin one of the most honorable people in government service

Durbin one of the most honorable people in government service By Ray Hanania In covering Chicagoland politics for nearly 40 years, you can imagine I’ve met a lot of politicians and government officials. Mayors, Congressmen, aldermen, county commissioners and local trustees and even a few governors. But one person stands high above them all. That’s […]

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Poll: Emanuel’s Unfavorables Rival Green Bay, Traffic

Poll: Emanuel’s Unfavorables Rival Green Bay, Traffic Chicago, IL – New polling from Bob Fioretti’s mayoral campaign shows that Mayor Emanuel remains unpopular.  For a comparison, recent campaign polling tested the favorability ratings of Mayor Emanuel, the Green Bay Packers, the Fox News channel and traffic on the Eisenhower. “A defined image is normally the […]

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Durbin in Trouble? Latest YouGov Poll Indicates Maybe

Durbin’s 8-point lead over Oberweis narrows to just 3 points among strong supporters in YouGov poll. US Sen. Dick Durbin has been heavily favored to win reelection since his previous election six years ago, but the recent CBS/NYT/YouGov poll shows his favored status may be in trouble. Over the weekend, YouGov canvassed every US Senate […]

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