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Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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By Lisa Balde

As It Happened: 2nd District Special Election

As It Happened: 2nd District Special Election

Low voter turnout and an approaching storm could bring Tuesday’s 2nd District primary down to a close call. Who will win the seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. in November? Follow our coverage all day of the... Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Halvorson, Kelly, Beale Sprint To 2nd District Finish

Candidates vying to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. made their final push before Tuesday's special primary in the 2nd District. Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Poll Shows Debbie Halvorson Leading in 2nd District

Poll Shows Debbie Halvorson Leading in 2nd District

Pollster says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ads may have backfired. Read »

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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By Associated Press

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

The candidates vying to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. are making their final push before Tuesday's election. Read »

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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By Anthony Ponce, Mary Ann Ahern & Lisa Balde
      

Robin Kelly Denies Link to Bloomberg Super PAC

As the race heats up to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 2nd District, candidate Robin Kelly shot back Monday about accusations that she has ties to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg or his super PAC that... Read »

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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By Associated Press

Halvorson Eyes the Prize After Hutchinson Withdrawal

Halvorson Eyes the Prize After Hutchinson Withdrawal

Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson believes her chances of winning Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacant U.S. House seat have just been given a boost. Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 6:01 PM
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By Junae Bennett

2nd District Candidates Share Video Messages

2nd District Candidates Share Video Messages

With the primaries for 2nd Congressional District special election fast approaching, Ward Room asked candidates to send in a video describing their campaign platforms. Each video indicates how the applicants... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: NRA Has A Lot Riding On 2nd District Election

Opinion: NRA Has A Lot Riding On 2nd District Election

In the first federal election since President Obama proposed an assault weapons ban, gun control is the number one issue. Read »

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Halvorson Opposes Assault Weapons Ban

Halvorson Opposes Assault Weapons Ban

Even Sen. Mark Kirk favors an assault weapons ban -- but 2nd District congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson says we don't need new gun laws. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Candidates Begin Filing Petitions For JJJr's Seat

Candidates Begin Filing Petitions For JJJr's Seat

Ald. Anthony Beale, Sen. Toi Hutchinson, former Rep. Robin Kelly, incoming Sen. Napoleon Harris and Clifford Eagleton met the 8 a.m. deadline to be eligible for a drawing that determines the top ballot spot. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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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