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Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM
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By Phil Rogers

House Ethics Committee Extends Inquiry of Bobby Rush

House Ethics Committee Extends Inquiry of Bobby Rush

The House Committee on Ethics says it is extending its inquiry into Congressman Bobby Rush for 45 days, and will announce a course of action on or before November 10, 2014. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Stopping short of an official endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush says encourages Karen Lewis to challenge Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's upcoming mayoral election. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM
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By Associated Press

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation plan to speak on the floor of the House of Representative about gun violence in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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By Associated Press

Rush Says He's Being Investigated by Ethics Group

Rush Says He's Being Investigated by Ethics Group

Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush says the Office of Congressional Ethics is targeting him with an investigation that he says is based on published reports questioning spending by his campaign fund and the... Read »

Monday, Dec 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rush Continues to Take Fire on Ethics Questions

Rush Continues to Take Fire on Ethics Questions

U.S. Rep Bobby Rush is facing increasing calls to answer troubling ethics questions along with speculation over his future. Read »

Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Ex-Gov. Ryan Attends Service for Mandela

Ex-Gov. Ryan Attends Service for Mandela

Ryan met Mandela on a trip to South Africa in 2000 while he was governor. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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By AP

Bobby Rush Takes Leave for Wife's Surgery

Bobby Rush Takes Leave for Wife's Surgery

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush is on an official leave from Congress to spend time with his wife as she undergoes major surgery. Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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By The Associated Press

Kirk, Rush Tour Englewood, Vow to Fix Neighborhood

As the two lawmakers toured south side community, a 23-year-old man was wounded by gunfire near a school. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kirk, Rush Discuss Gang Round-Up Plan

Kirk, Rush Discuss Gang Round-Up Plan

Congressional colleagues reiterated their commitment to friendship and bipartisanship Tuesday following a private meeting to discuss the senator's gang member roundup proposal that Rush dismissed as an... Read »

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Bobby Rush Plays the Race Card

Bobby Rush Plays the Race Card

Rep. Bobby Rush has some racially-charged words for Sen. Mark Kirk’s proposal to mass-arrest member of the Gangster Disciples street gang Read »

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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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