Ward Room
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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 6:37 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

Some big name Democrats will be in Chicago in the next couple of weeks to help support Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 9:12 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Diana Rauner Grants First Campaign Media Interview

Diana Rauner has appeared in campaign ads and news conferences to help support Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign for Illinois governor, but on Friday she gave her first one-on-one media interview to NBC 5. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Ground Stops Prevent Gloria Steinem From Stumping for Quinn

Ground Stops Prevent Gloria Steinem From Stumping for Quinn

Famed feminist Gloria Steinem was among thousands of travelers affected by Friday's Chicago airport ground stops prompted by a fire at an air control center in Aurora. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 3:05 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner Uses Harold Washington to Attack Quinn

Republican gubernatorial candidate runs ad with Chicago's first black mayor criticizing Quinn 27 years ago. Read »

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Obamas to Stump for Gov. Pat Quinn

Obamas to Stump for Gov. Pat Quinn

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be making campaign stops in Illinois next month. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:18 AM
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By Marion Brooks

Black Ministers Endorse Rauner for Governor

Rauner picks up several minority endorsements, answers questions about hiring at private equity firm. Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Trade Jabs

The Illinois governor's race continues to heat up. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar Over Jobs

Quinn lauds new state job numbers, Rauner claims people have stopped looking for work. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Eats $2 Breakfast for Minimum Wage Challenge

Quinn Eats $2 Breakfast for Minimum Wage Challenge

Illinois governor is trying to live on $79 this week. Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Biden, Christie Stump for Quinn and Rauner

The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrat's... 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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