Ward Room
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Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Durbin, Kirk Disagree on Marijuana

Durbin, Kirk Disagree on Marijuana

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk don’t agree on marijuana. Read »

Friday, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

SNAP Cuts Show Gulf Between Policy, Reality

SNAP Cuts Show Gulf Between Policy, Reality

Let’s face a basic fact: If you’re a member of the United States Congress, you don't ever have to worry where your next meal is coming from. Read »

Friday, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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By Ward Room Staff, The Associated Press

More Than 2 Million in Ill. to See Food Stamps Cut

More Than 2 Million in Ill. to See Food Stamps Cut

Benefits vary based on income and other factors. The Agriculture Department says the cuts will mean a family of four will receive $36 less per month. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Sen. Durbin Calls for "Stand Your Ground" Changes

Sen. Durbin Calls for

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin held a hearing Tuesday on state "stand your ground" laws. The hearing was held in light of the controversial death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot by George... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Finger-pointing Erupts Over Jim Oberweis' Next Defeat

Finger-pointing Erupts Over Jim Oberweis' Next Defeat

How many times, I wondered, had Republican Oberweis run for office and lost before today? Read »

Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

McCain: Don't Count Biden Out of 2016 Presidential Race

Should Hillary Clinton decide to run for president, she'll be the favored Democrat for the nomination, Senators Dick Durbin and John McCain agreed Monday. Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM
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White House Claims Durbin Post Caused by 'Miscommunication'

White House Claims Durbin Post Caused by 'Miscommunication'

A Facebook post by Sen. Dick Durbin alleging that a House Republican leader made a disrespectful comment toward President Barack Obama is causing a stir after some officials claim the incident never happened. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Oberweis Mounting Run for U.S. Senate

Oberweis Mounting Run for U.S. Senate

State senator Jim Oberweis---who has run twice for US Senate and once for governor---is going to make a run again for the Senate seat now held by Dick Durbin. Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Durbin Announces Funds to Hire 15 New Chicago Cops

Durbin Announces Funds to Hire 15 New Chicago Cops

Agency supplies Chicago with $1.9 million to hire or rehire officers. Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Committee Unanimously Approves Fardon For US Attorney

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next chief federal prosecutor in Chicago. 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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