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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, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher, Associated Press

Quinn: Jackson Charges 'Major Sad Day For Our State'

The seemingly frivolous cause of Jackson's undoing is seen by political observers and at least one former colleague as both nonsensical and sad. Read »

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Jackson's Family 'Felt the Impact'

After attending the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Saturday Morning Forum, Jesse Jackson Jr.'s family said they are struggling to deal with the gravity of Jackson's recent charges. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Davis, Rush: Jackson Didn't 'Dupe' Constituents

Rep. Bobby Rush acknowledged that "the cynic in all of us rises up" in times like these but urged people to let Jackson go through the healing process. Read »

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Phil Rogers

Congressmen: JJJ En Route to Mayo Clinic

Reps. Bobby Rush, Danny Davis spent 90 minutes with Jackson at his DuPont Circle home. Read »

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Jackson Illness Leaves Colleagues Stumped

Jackson Illness Leaves Colleagues Stumped

Sen. Dick Durbin said congressman "will soon have to report on his situation." Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Primary: More Winners and Losers

Illinois Primary: More Winners and Losers

Ward Room counts Rep. Joe Walsh as both a winner and a loser. Who else made our list? Read »

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Jacques A. Conway

Jacques A. Conway

Jacques A. Conway is a candidate in the Democratic primary race for the newly redrawn 7th Congressional District of Illinois. 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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