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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Blago Could Get Out of Prison Early Pending Appeals Ruling

Blago Could Get Out of Prison Early Pending Appeals Ruling

Disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could be released early from his 14-year federal prison sentence for acts of felony corruption that included an attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate... Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are taking different perspectives on how (or how not) to respond to the bloody civil battle ravaging Iraq. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Former Monastery Won't House Border Children

The Department of Health and Human Services on Monday said the facility on Governors Highway was no longer being considered as an option. Read »

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 »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Who Should Be Chicago Mayor: Rahm Emanuel or Donald Trump?

Who Should Be Chicago Mayor: Rahm Emanuel or Donald Trump?

We all know the answer to that question, but it felt appropriate to post a headline only slightly less ridiculous than The Donald. Here's a better one: Is Donald Trump the best thing to ever happen to Rahm... Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
 

UIC Names Third Proposed Site for Obama Library

The University of Illinois-Chicago has announced a third potential site for its bid for the Obama Presidential Library. Read »

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Obama Hints at First Family's Post-Presidency Destination

Turns out President Barack Obama has a pretty good idea where he wants to live after his presidency ends. Read »

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Offers Backstage James Taylor Tickets for Donation

Obama Offers Backstage James Taylor Tickets for Donation

In exchange for a donation to OFA, participants will be entered for a chance to win airfare, hotel stay and back stage passes to a James Taylor concert in Chicago. Read »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama to Chicago Donors: 'I Need a Congress That Works'

Obama to Chicago Donors: 'I Need a Congress That Works'

Making the rounds at two Chicago fundraisers Thursday, President Barack Obama urged donors to open their wallets and help get out the vote in order to maintain Democrats' control of the Senate. Read »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Obama Has Breakfast With Gov. Quinn

Obama spent a rare night at his Kenwood home and had breakfast Thursday with Quinn at nearby Valois Cafeteria where a menu lists Obama's favorite items. 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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