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Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama's Star-Making DNC Speech, 10 Years Later

Obama's Star-Making DNC Speech, 10 Years Later

Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's star-making keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Things have changed. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM
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By Carol Marin, Natalie Martinez

Michelle Obama Makes the Chicago Rounds

First Lady Michelle Obama is raising big bucks in Chicago Thursday, but also making time for some good fun and good food. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report

Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report

Forget the breathless speculation over which city will host Barack Obama's much-coveted presidential library and museum. We all know Chicago's the frontrunner. The bigger mystery: Will the president and first... Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama heads home to her native Chicago next week for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria. Read »

Monday, Jun 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Watch Out, Rahm: NYC Mayor Wants 2016 DNC in Brooklyn

Watch Out, Rahm: NYC Mayor Wants 2016 DNC in Brooklyn

This news is sure to spark Rahm Emanuel's competitive streak: on Friday afternoon New York Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that he's submitting Brooklyn as a contender to host the 2016 Democratic National... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Addresses Ft. Hood Shootings From Chicago

President Barack Obama comes home to attend Democratic fundraising events. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

DNC Misunderstands How Illinois Elections Work

DNC Misunderstands How Illinois Elections Work

When it comes to Illinois, the Democratic National Committee doesn't seem to know when our next election is. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Rahm: America Needs 4 More Years of Obama

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took to the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention like the opening act of a rock concert, waving and pointing into the crowd. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rahm Emanuel's Full Convention Speech

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Remarks to the 2012 Democratic National Convention As Prepared for Delivery 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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