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Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 8:42 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

"Lincoln" Leads Illinois Into Oscars Territory

Illinois stole the show Thursday during nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards. Or rather one of its former presidents did. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois' First Abolitionist Was A Chicago Alderman

Illinois' First Abolitionist Was A Chicago Alderman

Ira Miltmore, who was elected an alderman of the Third Ward in 1844, was the first Illinois politician to favor abolishing slavery. Read »

Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Durbin Invokes Lincoln In Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Durbin Invokes Lincoln In Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Sen. Dick Durbin claims same-sex marriage is consistent with the principles of Abraham Lincoln -- although Lincoln never said anything about the issue during his lifetime. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 5:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: What If Lincoln Had Brought a Gun to the Theater?

Opinion: What If Lincoln Had Brought a Gun to the Theater?

NRA President Wayne LaPierre says Javon Belcher and his girlfriend would still be alive if she'd had a gun. Ward Room looks at how history would be different if famous murder victims had defended themselves. Read »

Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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By Associated Press

Day-Lewis Prepped for 'Lincoln' Role in Illinois

Day-Lewis Prepped for 'Lincoln' Role in Illinois

Leaving nothing to chance, Daniel Day-Lewis' prep for his movie role as Abraham Lincoln included the two-time Academy Award winner secretly spending time in the 16th U.S. president's former Illinois turf. Read »

Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Party of Lincoln -- Again

The Party of Lincoln -- Again

The Illinois Republican Party gave us the greatest political model in American history. They should follow his example back to power and relevance. Read »

Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM
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By Edward McClelland

What Happened the Day After "Lincoln" ...

What Happened the Day After

The day after the climactic scene of Lincoln, the Illinois legislature approved the anti-slavery amendment. Read »

Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Abe Lincoln Returns to White House

Abe Lincoln Returns to White House

Following his visit to New York to survey the progress made after Superstorm Sandy, President Barack Obama hosted cast and crew members of the new Steven Spielberg-directed film "Lincoln." Read »

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Land of Lincoln Joins the Party of Lincoln

The Land of Lincoln Joins the Party of Lincoln

Sen. Mark Kirk thinks Illinois will have a say in choosing the next Republican nominee for president. But no state has a say, really. It's all fixed from the start. Read »

Monday, Nov 22, 2010 at 11:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How Rahm Emanuel Is Like Abraham Lincoln

How Rahm Emanuel Is Like Abraham Lincoln

When Lincoln went to Washington, he rented out his house. No one ever accused him of not being an Illinoisan. 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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