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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 »

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Danny K. Davis

Danny K. Davis

Incumbent Danny K. Davis is running in the Democratic primary for re-election to the 7th Congressional District of Illinois. Read »

Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Braun Defends Radio Ad

Braun Defends Radio Ad

Former ambassador, senator accused of injecting race into campaign. Read »

Monday, Dec 27, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Davis Makes a Pitch for Reform

The congressman turned mayoral contender outlines a vague plan for the city. 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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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