Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010 at 11:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Is Kirk Omitted From the Senate Conservatives Fund?

Why Is Kirk Omitted From the Senate Conservatives Fund?
AP

Even if Mark Kirk becomes the Republican Who Replaced Obama, he's not likely to become a GOP star. Read »

Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 at 12:28 AM
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By Steve Bryant

All Over But the Shouting

Kirk, Giannoulias jab away in third and final debate. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM
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By Steve Bryant

Who Do Voters Care About? Brady and Kirk, Says Google

Brady and Kirk lead search terms in Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Board of Elections to Expedite Senate Special Election

Will certify before Congress returns to session. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Vote for Common, Not Big & Rich

Vote for Common, Not Big & Rich

President Obama is bringing Common to his rally this weekend, just to prove that Democrats have better musical taste than Republicans. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010 at 8:47 AM
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By Ivanna Hampton

Clinton, Obama Rallying Voters in Chicago

Clinton, Obama Rallying Voters in Chicago

Former pres Clinton here today. Obama on Saturday. Read »

Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Bill Clinton's Tuesday Rally Open to the Public

Bill Clinton's Tuesday Rally Open to the Public

Former president will appear with Gov. Pat Quinn and Alexi Giannoulias. Read »

Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Truthish or Falsey: The Tribune Is Writing Kirk's Radio Ads

Kirk jiggers the transcript of Giannoulias's Tribune editorial board session to make his opponent sound indecisive. Read »

Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 1:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Alexi No Habla Espanol

Mark Kirk can speak Spanish, but has no Spanish-speaking friends. Giannoulias can't speak Spanish, but has Luis Gutierrez. Which is better? Read »

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

No More Campaign Ads For Me

Early voting on the Chicago Board of Elections' sweet new touch-screen machines means I cut two weeks off this nasty, endless election season. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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