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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Congressman Aaron Schock Reflects on Mandela Tribute

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock was among the tens of thousands of world leaders and celebrators gathered in South Africa Tuesday to honor the life of Nelson Mandela. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

2014 Illinois Governor Candidates

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has several challengers in 2014, including from within... See Full Gallery »

Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 6:37 AM
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By Associated Press

Schock Decides Against 2014 Run for Governor

Schock Decides Against 2014 Run for Governor

Peoria Republican says he'll focus his efforts on running as the incumbent for his 18th Congressional District seat. Read »

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Gubernatorial Odds Making

Opinion: Gubernatorial Odds Making

On the fourth Friday of every month until the primary election, we’ll bring you our assessment of who’s leading in the race for governor. This is, of course, for entertainment purposes only. Read »

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Nothing Schocking: Aaron Considers Run for Gov

Peoria Rep. Aaron Schock says he's considering a run for Illinois governor and hopes some of the other potential GOP candidates will step aside. "The less bloodletting, the better," said Schock, who has been... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Who Gets Money From the NRA?

Who Gets Money From the NRA?

In Illinois, the National Rifle Association only had a 58 percent success rate for candidates it funded. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Lisa Balde
      

Governor's Race Up Next For Illinois

There's no rest for Illinois where politics is concerned. The day after races were called for key seats in the House and Senate, not to mention President Barack Obama's re-election victory, all eyes now turn to... Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde, Melanie Kucera

Schock to Paul Ryan: Don't Screw Up

Schock to Paul Ryan: Don't Screw Up

Two of Capitol Hill's hottest congressmen also happen to be workout buddies and friends who trade advice and tout each other's physiques. So when Paul Ryan made a fund-raising stop Sunday in Illinois, Rep. Aaron... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Our First Metrosexual Governor?

Opinion: Our First Metrosexual Governor?

Rep. Aaron Schock talks about possible plans to run. After Rod Blagojevich, do we want another clothing-obssessed governor? Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Aaron Schock

Aaron Schock

Aaron Jon Schock is the Republican Party Candidate for the 18th Congressional District Read »

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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

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Rod Blagojevich

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

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Accidental gov no longer.

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

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Ed Burke

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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