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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 »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Obama Donates White Sox Jacket to Cooperstown

Obama Donates White Sox Jacket to Cooperstown

Frank Thomas and Luis Aparicio aren't the only people representing the White Sox in baseball's Hall of Fame. Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

VA Scandal: Dick Durbin Vows to Put Eric Shinseki 'On the Spot'

VA Scandal: Dick Durbin Vows to Put Eric Shinseki 'On the Spot'

Hours before attending back-to-back Chicago fundraisers for his re-election campaign, Sen. Dick Durbin was scheduled to meet with Eric Shinseki at his Washington office amid increasingly louder calls for the... Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Jim Oberweis Snags Support of Rev. Corey Brooks

Jim Oberweis Snags Support of Rev. Corey Brooks

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis has nabbed the support of Rev. Corey Brooks, who runs the New Beginnings Church of Chicago on the city's South Side. Read »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:57 AM
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By Ward Room

Obama Makes The Rounds In Chicago

President Obama visited Chicago Thursday for a pair of fundraisers and an overnight stay. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Angered by Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

Emanuel Angered by Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

While serving as White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel mouthed off to Norway's former ambassador to the United States over the decision to award President Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, The... Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Why Pussy Riot's Chicago Visit Will Annoy Putin

Opinion: Why Pussy Riot's Chicago Visit Will Annoy Putin

Russian punk-rock collective Pussy Riot is traveling to another place where the winters are famously frigid: the city of Chicago, a long way from Moscow but much more attuned to the group's progressive... 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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