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Blago Tapes Played In Court: Ex Gov Irked By 'Thankful' Message From Obama Aide

Huffington Post | Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sounding at times desperate and dispirited, and at other times enthusiastic and grandiose, Rod Blagojevich was captured on tape strategizing about how...

WATCH: Kirk Launches New Ad Attacking Giannoulias' Broadway Bank Problems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Just days after Alexi Giannoulias accused his opponent for Illinois Senate Mark Kirk of being "obsessed" with talking about Broadway Bank's problems, ...

Alexi Giannoulias Gets 'Strong Support' From White House During Visit, Adds Top Obama Fundraiser To Campaign (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Alexi Giannoulias' Tuesday trip to the White House was a productive one. Not only did the Democratic Senate candidate attend the Greek Independence Da...

Alexi Giannoulias Denies Risky Lending At Broadway Bank, Admits The Bank Will Probably Close

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While Mark Kirk continues to attack Alexi Giannoulias for allegedly refusing to answer questions about his family's troubled Broadway Bank, the state ...

John McCain In Chicago Supporting Mark Kirk (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Senator John McCain and Congressman Mark Kirk gathered for a closed-door fundraiser and talk on foreign policy in Chicago Friday morning, where McCain...

Cheryle Jackson 'Focusing On The Next Step' After Primary

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Following a long and often heated campaign for the Illinois Senate seat formerly held by President Obama, Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jacks...

Obamas To Cast Absentee Ballots In Illinois

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The future of the Democratic Party in Illinois may seem uncertain for some, but when Barack and Michelle Obama fill out their absentee ballots next we...

Hoffman Challenges Senate Candidates To Five Debates, Full Financial Disclosure

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Hoffman is challenging his primary rivals to match the standard of transparency Barack Obama set during his cam...

Mark Kirk To Run For Senate, Obama's Old Seat

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI and HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Republican Rep. Mark Kirk will announce Monday he's running for the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama that has been mire...

Durbin: Burris Should Resign (VIDEO)

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Sen. Roland Burris refused to resign on Tuesday, rebuffing the call from the Senate's No. 2 Democrat who made it clear that the emb...

Democrats Leading Republicans In 2010 Race For Burris Senate Seat: Poll

CQ Politics | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An early look-ahead at the 2010 Senate race in Illinois when newly-appointed Democrat Roland Burris - the choice of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich - is u...

Dem Congresswoman May Run For Burris's Seat In 2010

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is open to running against Roland Burris in 2010, potentially setting up a contested Democratic primary for the scanda...

Sam Stein

Burris: Jimmy Carter Wants Me To Be Senator (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Saying that it will be only a "very short" time until he has the opportunity to serve as the junior Senator from Illinois, Roland Burris added a new w...

Senate Democrats Planning Cool Reception For Burris

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic leaders plan to grant few if any privileges next week to Roland Burris, the man picked by Illinois Gov. Rod Blago...

Special Election Hopes Dim: State Democrats Cancel Hearing On Proposal

Politico | Josh Kraushaar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

t's a bit unclear whether a special election could even be considered until any resolution was reached on whether Burris will be seated in the Senate ...

Chicago Legislator Plans Compromise Bill To Fill Obama's Senate Seat

Chicago Public Radio | Natalie Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The governor is supposed to appoint Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. But Rod Blagojevich is under a federal cloud of alleged corruption. And so the ...

Blagojevich's Alleged Senate Seat Sale: A Timeline

Chicago Sun-Times | Chris Fusco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Who knew what -- and when did they know it -- regarding Gov. Blagojevich's alleged effort to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat? Th...

Why Blagojevich Should Still Appoint A Senator

Slate | Edward McClelland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Dec. 19, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich held a take-no-prisoners (or questions) press conference, vowing that he's "not going to quit a job the peop...

Lisa Madigan Says No Interest In Obama Senate Seat

Chicago Tribune | Ray Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Q Were you interested in being appointed the U.S. Senate successor to President-elect Barack Obama? A I've never asked to be considered for the Senat...

Abner Mikva Doesn't Want Obama Senate Seat, Endorses Schakowsky

Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON--Abner Mikva, the gold standard for integrity in Illinois politics, told me Thursday night he is not interested in an appointment to replac...

Obama Hedges On Illinois Special Election

The New York Times | Katharine Q. Seelye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Barack Obama today skirted a question about whether there should be a special election in Illinois to replace him in the United States Senate. Many i...

Lisa Madigan Not Interested In Obama Senate Seat 'At This Point'

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, who has gone to the Illinois Supreme Court to try to force embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's ouster, said today she is not int...

Blagojevich Open To Special Election For Obama's Seat: Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times | Chris Fusco and Dave McKinney and Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Should he stay in office, Gov. Blagojevich is warming to the idea of holding a special election for President-elect Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate ...

Schakowsky: Hold Special Election For Obama Senate Seat (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rep. Jan Schakowsky continued the push for a special election to decide Barack Obama's replacement in the Senate during an appearance on CNN Saturday...