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GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis at a news conference in June. File Photo. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Oberweis gaining on Durbin in U.S. Senate race

The race to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation is narrowing — with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin just seven percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Early & Often Poll. In a year that’s expected to tilt toward Republicans across the nation, Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is leading Oberweis, who is making his third run for the Senate, 47.8 percent to 40.5 percent, the survey commissioned by the Sun-Times’ political portal shows. 

Former U.S. Army Ranger Cory Remsburg survived a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan and fought through a coma to begin his rehabilitation and service on behalf of other wounded veterans. | Peter Holderness / Sun-Times Media

Inspiration to a nation comes to Chicago

For a time, he was an inspiration to the nation, a symbol of courage that managed to unify, for however briefly, a hyperpartisan Washington. If you’ve forgotten, let us remind you.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner (center) with Sean Morrison (right), Palos Township Republican leader and owner of Morrison Security, and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman (left) at an event in March. Morrison Security's private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot.

Pistol-packing petition challenger prompts review by AG

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is taking up a complaint filed by the Libertarian Party candidate that voter intimidation tactics were used by Republicans in an attempt to kick the party off the ballot. 

Gov. Pat Quinn answers questions during the Metropolitan Planning Council's Annual Luncheon Thursday. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

WATCH: Quinn's response on IDOT patronage question

Reporters pressed Gov. Pat Quinn on what he had done in response to an inspector general's report regarding patronage in his administration.

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner discusses issues separately from his opponent, Governor Pat Quinn at the Metropolitan Planning Commission's Annual Luncheon, moderated by WBBM Newsradio 780's Craig Dellimore. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Rauner doubles-down on TV ads

Bruce Rauner's campaign just doubled its near future TV ad buy, sources tell Early & Often. The camp on Thursday doubled its new flight for the period of Aug. 28 through Sept. 8.

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner discusses issues separately from his opponent, Gov. Pat Quinn at the Metropolitan Planning Commission's Annual Luncheon, moderated by WBBM Newsradio 780's Craig Dellimore. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Quinn and Rauner lob debate-style grenades — from a distance

They weren’t side by side, but in a span of an afternoon, Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner graced the same stage and traded debate-style barbs, with Quinn comparing Rauner to King Midas, and Rauner charging Quinn with presiding over a corrupt administration. 

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner (center) with Sean Morrison (right), Palos Township Republican leader and owner of Morrison Security, and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman (left) at an event in March. Morrison Security's private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot.

Rauner 'appalled,' 'outraged' by gun-bearing petition challenger

Bruce Rauner for the first time personally responded to reports in the Chicago Sun-Times that private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot. (VIDEO) 

WATCH: Rauner responds to new minimum wage ad

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, minutes after leaving a candidate forum with the Metropolitan Planning Council, responded to a new minimum wage ad that's attacking him for past comments he's made on the issue.

Gov. Pat Quinn signs workplace protection bill for pregnant women.

Gov. Quinn signs law protecting pregnant women in workplace

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed into law a measure that will give added protections to women who are working while they are pregnant. "No pregnant woman should have to choose between having her baby and keeping her job," Quinn said. "It's making sure that there are reasonable accomodations by our empoyers for our employees who happen to be women who are pregnant." 

With children and others as a backdrop Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn announces $3.8 million in capital investments in Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill. (AP File Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman)

Quinn: It's up to agencies to follow hiring rules

Gov. Pat Quinn said his own department heads should follow hiring rules he's laid out -- even when they're considering recommendations from the governor's office. Quinn made the remarks at a Chicago news availability on Tuesday in the wake of an IDOT patronage scandal. Former IDOT Director Ann Schneider blamed Quinn for filling non-political positions with political hires.