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Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, left, and his opponent, Republican state Sen., Jim Oberweis, squared off for a final time Wednesday night before next week's election | (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time

Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel doomed? | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Are Chicago's problems blowing up Rahm's political future?

In better times, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's name had been floated out there as a presidential candidate — but after being dragged down by a number of issues, including underfunded pensions, crime rates and underperforming schools, a profile in Politico magazine asks one question. Are those problems — and the way Emanuel is tackling them —  blowing up his political future?

Democrats scrambling to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

WASHINGTON — Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.

He may not like gay marriage, but Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, still loves his iPhone. | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Ted Cruz after Tim Cook revealed he's gay: 'I love my iPhone'

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, was on CNBC Thursday morning and was asked about Apple CEO Tim Cook revealing he's gay in a Bloomberg Businessweek article.

ormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a voting rally for state Republican candidates, in Castle Rock, Colo. on Wednesday. | AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

In potential 2016 preview, Jeb Bush takes shot at Hillary Clinton

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush took a swipe at Hillary Clinton on Wednesday evening as he stumped for Republican candidates in the vital swing state of Colorado.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner meet for a third debate before the Nov. 4 election last week. (AP File Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Dead heat in gov race — divisions Downstate?

With less than a week until Tuesday’s election, Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner are in a statistical dead heat with a surprising division among deep Downstate voters, according to a new Early & Often poll.

Michelle Obama returning to Illinois

First lady Michelle Obama returns to Illinois to get out the vote for Democrats in her home state, hitting Moline on Saturday at a rally to help boost turnout for Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.

Jitu Brown of KOCO, talks about the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Bd. of Ed. outside of the Pope School 1826 N. Albany, in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Plan to keep Dyett open — for now — isn’t a clear victory

Jitu Brown, of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (“KOCO”), and a coalition of community groups, demonstrated what it takes to move the powers-that-be. Brown, the national director for KOCO’s “Journey for Justice Alliance,” has been among the most vocal opponents of the plan to phase-out Dyett High School on the South Side.

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

Netanyahu dismisses personal attack

WASHINGTON — Anonymous White House criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that drew condemnation in Israel is roiling Washington politics, putting the U.S. administration on the defensive and prompting congressional demands for President Barack Obama to repudiate the remarks.