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Former Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman Al Gore gives a speech during Abu Dhabi Ascent event, a ministerial meeting to prepare for a September 2014 climate change summit in New York. (Photo credit: MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Gore Accuses GOP Of ‘Enforced Orthodoxy’ To Deny Climate Change

Former Vice President Al Gore implored a local crowd to get involved in efforts to address climate change in a speech at the University of Chicago on Monday.

05/13/2014

Kirk Dillard

Dillard Gets Teachers Union Backing In Race For Governor

State Sen. Kirk Dillard tried to steer clear of the controversy surrounding one of his rivals in the Republican race for governor, as he picked up a key endorsement from a major labor union.

02/14/2014

(Clockwise from top left) Republican candidates for governor Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and Dan Rutherford. (Photo illustration by CBS)

GOP Rivals For Governor Pounce On Rauner At Candidate Forum

For the first time this year, all four of the Republican candidates for governor were on the same stage, and there were some fireworks.

01/16/2014

Stuart Levine, flanked by his attorneys, leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse (CBS File Photo)

Brady Questions Rauner’s Ties To Convicted Political Insider Levine

With Bruce Rauner already sweating a rough week in his campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, state Sen. Bill Brady turned up the heat Sunday and demanded answers about Rauner’s relationship with convicted serial con man Stuart Levine.

01/13/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

As GOP Jostles, Quinn Has $2.9M In Campaign Fund

Gov. Pat Quinn has socked away $2.9 million for his 2014 re-election campaign — more than all four of his potential Republican rivals combined.

10/16/2013

Republican Party's Elephant Symbol (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Downstate GOP Party Chair Resigns After Controversial Rant

The chairman of the Republican Party in Montgomery County has resigned after writing what’s been called a racist and sexist email about U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ primary challenger.

06/20/2013

Pat Brady (Credit: CBS)

Meeting To Oust Republican Party Chairman Brady Cancelled

Illinois Republican Party leaders cancelled a meeting scheduled for today to discuss the future of the party chairman, Pat Brady, who defied the party by supporting same-sex marriage, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

03/09/2013

John Boehner

Opinion: GOP Too Extreme

More than a month after the election, things continue to get worse for the GOP brand. The lead Republican spokesperson during the fiscal cliff negotiations, House Speaker John Boehner, has a 34 percent approval rating. President Obama has a 54 percent approval rating.

12/20/2012

Groups supporting Walmart workers protest working conditions at the company in front of a Walmart Superstore on Nov. 23, 2012, in Secaucus, N.J. (credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Michigan’s Brain Dead GOP

The curse of brain dead Republicans is not limited to Washington, DC. It turns out that GOP leaders in state capitols have also been unable to digest the results of November’s elections.

12/12/2012

Dick Armey

Opinion: Amazing ‘Stupid Things’

Former House Republican Leader Dick Armey criticized GOP candidates for saying “stupid things,” but here is one problem: The 2012 candidates were talking about Republican policy.

12/11/2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Opinion: Chris Christie Is In The Wrong Business

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is obviously in the wrong business. He is becoming more of a television celebrity by the minute and getting much better reviews as a television performer than as governor.

11/20/2012

Mitt Romney campaigns with Richard Mourdock (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Opinion: Why Don’t Republicans Understand Rape?

Once again, a Republican politician has said something extreme about rape. Extreme and extremely stupid.

10/24/2012

Donald Trump (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Opinion: Dumping Cold Water On Trump’s October Surprise

While Trump may have an “October surprise” that will destroy President Obama’s reelection campaign for the White House, I don’t think it’s going to be much more than seeing Trump get the headlines for part of the day, again.

10/24/2012

Mitt and Ann Romney (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Opinion: Romney’s Middle Class Economic Plan: Work More, Make Less

Mitt Romney’s economic plan basically says if you make $22.50 an hour with benefits, you make too much money; and if you make $22.5 million, then you pay too much in taxes.

09/03/2012

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Credit: CBS)

Illinois GOP Star Aaron Schock Focused On 2012, But Could Be A Force In 2014

Two of the Republican Party’s biggest stars were shining in Tampa on Wednesday, at the second full day of festivities for the Republican National convention.

CBS 2–08/29/2012

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin (Credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Emanuel: Todd Akin’s View Of Women, Science ‘Wrong’

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t weighing on whether Rep. Todd Akin should quit his bid for the U.S. Senate, but he says it’s clear why many in the Republican Party want the Missouri congressman to step aside.

08/21/2012

Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum (L) and Mitt Romney debate on February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Prolonged GOP Battle Gives Illinois Primary More Significance

Political experts differ a bit on whether Illinois’ Republican Primary is gaining in importance in the party’s struggle to find a Presidential nominee.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2012

Vice President Joe Biden

Biden Rips Republicans In Speech To NEA

Vice President Joe Biden has been in Chicago, speaking to a nationwide teachers union, saying Republicans are attempting to blame educators for budget shortfalls; and he said that’s “one of the biggest scams in modern American history.”

CBS Chicago–07/03/2011