Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Posting Ballot Pics Online a Class 4 Felony

Posting Ballot Pics Online a Class 4 Felony

Social media has no doubt had an impact in the American election cycle. And while messages and memes aren't unusual, there's at least one post Illinois voters should refrain from making: a photo of your ballot. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Obama Doubles Romney in Online Ad Spending

Obama Doubles Romney in Online Ad Spending

Online advertising for the 2012 presidential race increased a whopping 251 percent from four years ago, according to Federal Election Commission data provided through mid-October. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Obama Takes Stage for Rally in Milwaukee

Obama Takes Stage for Rally in Milwaukee

Thousands of people packed into the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee to see President Barack Obama on Saturday. Read »

Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Get Out! Obama Volunteers Must Work for Elex Tickets

Get Out! Obama Volunteers Must Work for Elex Tickets

Volunteers can go to the Obama website and sign up for two shifts to help with the Get Out the Vote effort in Wisconsin, signing up on line, then after completing two volunteer shifts they will qualify for... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Axelrod Bets 'Stache on Obama Wins

Axelrod Bets 'Stache on Obama Wins

Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist is confident the president will win the battleground states. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Duckworth on Walsh's Greatest Hits

Tammy Duckworth's campaign releases a compendium of Walsh's most outrageous statements. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Walsh Endorsed by Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Walsh has made job growth and economic recovery his main priority and maintains that the federal government is hampering that growth. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 5:14 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Jesse Jackson Jr. Votes Absentee

Jesse Jackson Jr. Votes Absentee

The congressman has no plans to travel back to Chicago for election night, despite his name appearing on the ballot. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Axelrod Not Surprised by Tight Presidential Race

While Gov. Mitt Romney is even -- or ahead -- in national polls, the president clings to a very small lead in five battleground states. Obama 2012 Chief Campaign Strategist David Axelrod denies there's been any... Read »

Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Carol Marin
      

Smith, Tyson Tout Records in Closely-Watched State Race

Attorney Lance Tyson is running under the Unity Party because Derrick Smith, who was booted from the Illinois House earlier this year after being indicted on federal bribery charges, is listed as the Democrat in... 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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