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Monday, Nov 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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By Alise Blunk

Dems the Breaks: 7 State Sens Won't Run

Dems the Breaks: 7 State Sens Won't Run

Seven state senators have announced they will not be running for re-election next year. Read »

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 4:06 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Sen. Meeks Won't Run for Re-Election

Sen. Meeks Won't Run for Re-Election

Reverend James Meeks, pastor of a Chicago mega church and Illinois State Senator who briefly made a run for Chicago mayor this year, will not try to keep his seat. Read »

Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Teachers Grade Mayoral Candidates

Teachers Grade Mayoral Candidates

In a debate sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union, the mayoral candidates talk about the CEO's qualifications, education reform and charter schools. Read »

Thursday, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Meeks Can't Reach Out

Why Meeks Can't Reach Out

James Meeks's declaration that Asians and Hispanics should not qualify for minority set asides is further evidence that he can't transcend the attitudes of his church and neighborhood. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Ann Sather's Gets the Meeks Treatment

The mayoral candidate stopped by the restaurant in the heart of one of Chicago's gay districts. Read »

Monday, Dec 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Meeks Says Churches "Under Condemnation" for Not Stopping Civil Unions

Meeks Says Churches

In an interview on the Moody Bible Institute's radio station, Meeks won't let the civil unions issue go. Read »

Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Meeks' Civil Union Vote Threatens His Mayoral Campaign

Why Meeks' Civil Union Vote Threatens His Mayoral Campaign

Ward Room now gives Sen. Meeks the same chance of becoming mayor as he gives a gay couple of going to heaven. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 at 9:05 PM
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By Andrew Greiner, BJ Lutz

Illinois Senate Passes Civil Unions

Illinois Senate Passes Civil Unions

Bill awaits Governor Quinn's signature. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Allow Civil Unions, Become a High-Tech Capital

Allow Civil Unions, Become a High-Tech Capital

Gov. Quinn promises that passing civil unions will help Illinois's economy. A look at the other states who've done it shows he's right. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:11 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Meeks, Halpin Campaigns Accused of Forging Signatures

Meeks, Halpin Campaigns Accused of Forging Signatures

Notary public says she never signed off on the candidates slate. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Rod Blagojevich

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

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