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Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois' Adam Kinzinger Urges Obama to Deploy Special Forces to Iraq

Illinois' Adam Kinzinger Urges Obama to Deploy Special Forces to Iraq

Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger says the U.S. should deploy special forces to combat the Islamic insurgency in Iraq. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Roskam Races Against Time to Nab Whip Promotion

Time is of the essence for Peter Roskam. The Illinois congressman has just another day to drum up enough votes among House Republicans to secure the much-coveted position of majority whip in the aftermath of... Read »

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Peter Roskam Loses Schock Value in GOP Whip Competition

Peter Roskam Loses Schock Value in GOP Whip Competition

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican from the Illinois 'burb of Wheaton, has lost a crucial ally in his bid to become the House majority whip following Eric Cantor's ouster. Read »

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kinzinger, Feeling Snubbed, Gets White House Phone Call

Kinzinger, Feeling Snubbed, Gets White House Phone Call

Adam Kinzinger says he isn't getting any love from the White House. While Illinois' delegation remains relatively split on military action in Syria, the Republican congressman vocally has said he agrees with... Read »

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kinzinger Warns Republicans Against Defunding Obamacare

Kinzinger Warns Republicans Against Defunding Obamacare

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger on Wednesday had a warning for his fellow Republicans: shut down the government in an effort to defund Obamacare and they'll lose the House of Representatives in the 2014... Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford less than impressed by the move, but candidates embrace president's endorsement. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Wanda Jean Rohl

Wanda Jean Rohl

Wanda Jean Rohl is the Democratic Party Candidate for the 16th Congressional District Read »

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

A profile in The Weekly Standard portrays the young Republican as a man of action. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Adam Kinzinger Pulls Ahead of Don Manzullo

Adam Kinzinger Pulls Ahead of Don Manzullo

In 2010, Republican Adam Kinzinger knocked off incumbent Deborah Halvorson in the 11th congressional district. In 2012, he had to take on another incumbent in Republican Don Manzullo -- this time in the primary.... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 2:21 PM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Adam Kinzinger

Adam Kinzinger

Adam Kinzinger is running for the Republican Party Candidate for the 16th Congressional District. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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