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Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Judge Zagel Shows Support for Blago Testimony

Judge Zagel Shows Support for Blago Testimony

"This is the chance for him to tell his story," Zagel said when prosecutors objected to Blagojevich's long-winded answers. Read »

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 9:26 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blago Journal: Will He or Won't He?

Blago Journal: Will He or Won't He?
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The question of the week: Will Rod Blagojevich take the stand? Judge Zagel and attorneys return to court Monday to hammer out a few details. Read »

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:13 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Who Will Testify in Blago's Defense?

Who Will Testify in Blago's Defense?
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Defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky remained coy Wednesday about whether the former governor will take the stand. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 11:08 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Bonds Jurors Kept Anonymous Thanks to Blago

Bonds Jurors Kept Anonymous Thanks to Blago
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Blagojevich's case was cited for why jurors' names in Barry Bonds' trial should stay secret. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Hung Blago! We Called It

Hung Blago! We Called It

Ward Room never thought the government had a strong case against Blagojevich. Now, we hope they'll forgo a rematch. Read »

Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:18 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Bret Michaels Wouldn't Have Won Without Rod Blagojevich

Bret Michaels Wouldn't Have Won Without Rod Blagojevich
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Why Blago refused to throw the Poison frontman under the bus -- and helped him win. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 at 10:42 AM
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By Phil Rogers

In Rod Dusty Trusted

In Rod Dusty Trusted
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Feds say the former Cubs manager was pulled into Blago's corruption world. Read »

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

Pol Position: In Which Alexi's Negatives are a Plus

Pol Position: In Which Alexi's Negatives are a Plus

Giannoulias included in corrupt dem conversation, Gutierrez faces eviction and Munoz has trouble setting up a party. Read »

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 9:24 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Pol Position: In Which We Humor a Balloon-Obsessed Freakazoid

Pol Position: In Which We Humor a Balloon-Obsessed Freakazoid

Lipinski stands alone, Blago looooves balloons, Clinton created Rahm, more. 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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