Ward Room
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Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Anshoo Sethi, the young owner of a failed O'Hare-area motel, managed to trick Illinois' political heavies into supporting his grand ambition to erect a massive $913 million hotel-and-convention center near... Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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By The Associated Press

Durbin, ATF Chief to Visit Chicago Crime Center

Durbin, ATF Chief to Visit Chicago Crime Center

ATF director B. Todd Jones will tour the new center that authorities hope will help stem gun-related violence in the nation's third latest city. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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By The Associated Press

Durbin to Putin: Take Responsibility for MH17 Crash

Durbin to Putin: Take Responsibility for MH17 Crash

Illinois Democrat called separatists "thugs," and said they've been "armed, financed and inspired by Vladimir Putin and the Russians." Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama heads home to her native Chicago next week for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

It's official: Tio Hardiman will challenge Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate. The Chicago Democrat and former Illinois gubernatorial candidate made his announcement Tuesday afternoon, calling Republican Sen. Kirk... Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Oberweis Targets Single Moms in New Ad

Opinion: Oberweis Targets Single Moms in New Ad

The GOP senatorial candidate has apparently taken Ward Room's advice and released a new-and-improved radio spot using a woman narrator instead of a man to introduce a pro-Oberweis testimonial geared toward... Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks "New Low"

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is not amused by the Illinois GOP's distribution of a fake press release claiming that he would pressure Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to testify about his scandal-plagued anti-violence... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Oberweis Pressures Durbin to Crack Down on IRS Over Missing Emails

Oberweis Pressures Durbin to Crack Down on IRS Over Missing Emails

Jim Oberweis, who's attempting to unseat Dick Durbin as Illinois senator, has urged the Democratic incumbent to join his newly minted crusade to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are taking different perspectives on how (or how not) to respond to the bloody civil battle ravaging Iraq. Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

White House Memos Reveal Emanuel's Agenda on Immigration, Crime

White House Memos Reveal Emanuel's Agenda on Immigration, Crime

A batch of '90s-era White House memos from Rahm Emanuel to former President Bill Clinton reveal a shrewd political mind motivated by messaging rather than ideology. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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