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Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why a GOP Plan to Rig the Electoral College Won't Work

Why a GOP Plan to Rig the Electoral College Won't Work

Republicans in states won by Obama want to start allocating electoral votes by congressional district. Even that scheme wouldn't have saved Mitt Romney. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:15 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Schneider Beats Incumbent Dold for 10th District

Schneider Beats Incumbent Dold for 10th District

Democratic challenger Brad Schneider beat out incumbent Congressman Robert "Bob" Dold for the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark, Mary Ann Ahern
      

Kirk Endorses Biggert in New Video

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk appeared in another video endorsement this week, but this time the candidate was DuPage Congresswoman Judy Biggert. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Last-Minute Voter Registration Down in Illinois

Not registered to vote in November's election? The deadline has arrived in Illinois. Chicago's Board of Election Commissioners will remain open until midnight at 69 W. Washington St. to register voters.... Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer is running for the Republican Party Candidate for the 12th Congressional District. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark
      

Rahm: America Needs 4 More Years of Obama

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took to the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention like the opening act of a rock concert, waving and pointing into the crowd. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Rahm Emanuel's Full Convention Speech

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Remarks to the 2012 Democratic National Convention As Prepared for Delivery Read »

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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By Marcus Riley

DJs Stepping Up for Obama

DJs Stepping Up for Obama

President's Chicago headquarters unveil new campaign initiative. Read »

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Handicapping The Republican Primary

Handicapping The Republican Primary

Political experts and odds makers predict next week's GOP presidential primary. Read »

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Jim Hickey

Jim Hickey

Jim Hickey is running for the Democratic Party Candidate for the 11th Congressional District. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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