Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Poll: Jackson Leads Halvorson, 59-23

Poll: Jackson Leads Halvorson, 59-23

Jesse Jackson, Jr., has expanded his lead over Debbie Halvorson since December, and has exceptionally high job approval ratings. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Jackson Pulls Out of Debate with Halvorson

Jackson Pulls Out of Debate with Halvorson

A week ahead of the Illinois primary, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. canceled his appearance on Tuesday's WTTW debate with 2nd Congressional District challenger Debbie Halvorson. Read »

Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Halvorson and Jackson Raise Spectre of Obama, Blago

Halvorson and Jackson Raise Spectre of Obama, Blago

In the very nasty campaign Jesse Jackson Jr. and Debbie Halvorson are throwing all they’ve got at one another. Read »

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Jesse Jackson Jr

Jesse Jackson Jr

Jackson is running in the Democratic primary to defend his own seat in the 2nd Congressional District Race. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Debbie Halvorson For 2nd District

Debbie Halvorson For 2nd District

Debbie Halvorson is running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. to run for the 2nd Congressional District. Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 6:55 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Halvorson Responds to Jackson's Latest Endorsement

Debbie Halvorson has news for incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. regarding his recent endorsement from Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Pelosi Endorses Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Pelosi Endorses Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Jesse Jackson, Jr., received a big endorsement today in the race for the 2nd congressional district Democratic primary. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz

Halvorson Calls out Jackson Jr. 'Fiction'

Debbie Halvorson hasn't held back in her remarks about her 2nd Congressional District opponent Jesse Jackson Jr. And she isn't stopping today. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Can Obama Save Jesse Jackson Jr. from Satan?

Can Obama Save Jesse Jackson Jr. from Satan?

Jesse Jackson Jr. faces no small opposition in his re-election run in the Congressional 2nd District, from alleged corruption connections to allegations of an extramarital affair. Jackson's tactic? Apparently... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Halvorson Shoots Back At Opponent Jackson Jr.

Halvorson Shoots Back At Opponent Jackson Jr.

Congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson on Tuesday shot back at opponent Jesse Jackson Jr. for his remarks about a super PAC targeting incumbents. 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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