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  1. encounter
    J. B. Pritzker Is a New Democratic Power BrokerThe governor of Illinois is rich and powerful, making him both an ally to Joe Biden and his own center of influence.
  2. what we know
    Highland Park Shooting Death Toll Rises to 7: UpdatesThe 21-year-old gunman appears to have picked his targets at random, police said, and his motive remains unclear.
  3. extreme weather
    Many Feared Dead After Tornadoes Tear Through Central U.S.: UpdatesAt least 50 people may have been killed at a factory in Kentucky. More than 30 tornadoes struck at least six states overnight Friday.
  4. vision 2020
    Kanye West Is Trying to Get on the Ballot in Wisconsin, a Crucial Swing StateHis unorthodox presidential campaign is also collecting signatures in Ohio, Arkansas, and West Virginia, but its earlier efforts face legal scrutiny.
  5. coronavirus
    After an Early Summer Lull, COVID-19 Cases Surge in the MidwestWith the South still facing significant outbreaks, the governors of Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois are bracing for their own coronavirus uptick.
  6. encounter
    ‘We Saw This Problem Coming’Lauren Underwood, the youngest Black woman to ever serve in Congress, on remote legislating during a pandemic.
  7. covid-19
    The Novel Coronavirus Is Devastating Black Communities. This Was Predictable.Wisconsin is an object lesson in how racist policies have created an environment that leaves black Americans vulnerable.
  8. democratic primaries
    Another Sweep for Joe Biden in Florida, Illinois, and ArizonaBiden wins decisively in three diverse states, with a possible primary drought approaching.
  9. democratic primaries
    In a Bright Spot for Progressives, Marie Newman Defeats Dan Lipinski in IllinoisAn anti-abortion representative lost to a pro-choice, pro–Green New Deal Democrat in the primary for Illinois’s third district.
  10. vision 2020
    What to Expect in the March 17 Presidential PrimariesJoe Biden is expected to have another winning primary day, but Ohio won’t be one of the states he carries: The governor postponed the vote until June.
  11. criminal justice
    Elizabeth Warren Wants You to Vote in Your Local Prosecutor ElectionHer endorsements come just as the Cook County, Illinois, state’s attorney election is becoming a referendum on the Jussie Smollett case.
  12. vision 2020
    South Carolina Priest Denies Joe Biden Communion Over Pro-Choice ViewsIt’s an old if sporadic problem for Catholic pro-choice politicians.
  13. politics
    Progressive Groups Back Marie Newman, Despite DCCC BlacklistMarie Newman, who’s challenging anti-abortion Democrat Dan Lipinski from the left, picked up a handful of early endorsements.
  14. Bernie-Endorsed Pol May Have Lost Because of Bernie’s Preferred Primary SystemThere’s some evidence Illinois’s open-primary system saved centrist Democrat Dan Lipinski from defeat by progressive Marie Newman.
  15. Incumbents and Big Spenders Win Illinois Primary – But Only by a HairSome near-upsets occurred, but Governor Bruce Rauner and Representative Dan Lipinski managed to hold off their challengers.
  16. In Illinois Primaries, Abortion Is the Big IssueA pro-life Democratic congressman and a pro-choice Republican governor are both seeing strong challenges from their own parties.
  17. The Attempted Purge of a Rare Pro-Choice Republican in IllinoisIllinois liberals are trying to “purge” RTL Democrat Dan Lipinski, but conservatives are also trying to purge pro-choice Gov. Bruce Rauner.
  18. The Wild Illinois Governor’s Race Shows Why the Midterms Remain UnpredictablePrimary challenges, like those on both sides of the Illinois contest, make it hard to handicap the 2018 gubernatorial landscape.
  19. 2018 midterms
    Illinois Holocaust Denier Set to Win GOP Congressional NominationThis is why you always field a candidate.
  20. In Illinois, Another Boost for Automatic Voter RegistrationIn a bipartisan step, Illinois is set to join a growing number of states that sign up eligible voters when they do business with state agencies.
  21. 3 Images That Illustrate Why Hillary Clinton Might Lose IllinoisChicago hates Rahm Emanuel so much it might cost Hillary Clinton tonight’s primary.
  22. Disgraced Illinois ‘Hero’ Cop Spent Over $2,000 of Stolen Money on Movie TicketsCourt documents reveal that Fox Lake police lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz also spent his embezzled money on student-loan payments, porn, and eating out.
  23. ‘Slain’ Illinois Cop Tried to Order HitThe cop allegedly asked a gang member to kill an administrator who knew he’d been stealing from a local youth program.
  24. equal rites
    Gay Marriage Is Legal in Illinois Now, TooThe sixteenth state to make it so.
  25. scary things
    Deadly Tornadoes Hit Midwest, Kill at Least 6 People [Updated]At least six people have been killed.
  26. equal rites
    Illinois Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Gay MarriagePresident Obama says he’s “overjoyed.”
  27. early and awkward
    Jesse Jackson Jr. Chose an Expensive Time to ResignFinding his replacement could cost as much as $5 million.
  28. early and awkward
    The Best Part of Illinois Lawmaker’s TiradeSlow motion makes everything better.
  29. campaign finance
    Illinois Senator Accused of Making Illegal Campaign Payments to GirlfriendIs Senator Mark Kirk the new John Edwards?
  30. the national interest
    Romney Grinds Forward in IllinoisVictory still so, so far away.
  31. early and often
    Illinois Looking Increasingly Illinoying for Rick SantorumHe really wanted to win there, too!
  32. jerks
    Illinois Congressional Candidate Has Some Funny Opinions on the HolocaustGood luck with that, Art Jones!
  33. early and awesome
    Illinois State Senator Heeds Financial Advice From Wu-Tang’s RaekwonShe recites lyrics from “C.R.E.A.M.” on the Senate floor.
  34. capital punishment
    Illinois Abolishes the Death PenaltyWill other states follow?
  35. early and awkward
    Rahmbo Is Back on the BallotAnd this time for good.
  36. early and awkward
    Rahm Emanuel’s Ballot Roller-Coaster Ride ContinuesHe’s back on!
  37. slouching toward reform
    Hank Paulson: Ultimately, the Financial-Regulation Bill Doesn’t Really Matter“I think it is asking a lot for regulators to be perfect, because they won’t be.”
  38. fudging
    Another Politician Misrepresents Military RecordIllinois congressman lies about having won Navy award.
  39. politics as unusual
    Illinois Democratic Lieutenant Governor Candidate Drops OutYou may be wondering why you should care about this.
  40. justice for all
    Some Terrorists Not Coming to New York CityThe new Guantánamo will be in Illinois.
  41. ballsy crimes
    Blago Pleads Not GuiltyRemember that guy?
  42. early and awesome
    Rod Goes Even More BlagonkersOur Blaminds are Blagown.
  43. early and often
    The Fallout From Blagojevich’s Explosive Exit Begins Before He Has Actually GoneAnd the bloggers can barely contain their glee.
  44. election hangover
    Okay, Okay. So Who’s Going to Replace Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Rahm Emanuel?Jockeying has already started for the two Senate seats and one House seat.