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Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 4:07 PM
By Colleen Connolly

Year in Review: Top Illinois Politics Stories of 2015

The year 2015 was a roller coaster for many prominent Illinois politicians, both... View gallery »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM
By Haley BeMiller

Look Who's Running For Office

There are several federal and statewide seats up for election in 2014 and no... View gallery »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 7:14 AM
By Ward Room Staff

Photos: Illinois' Corrupt Politicians

The state, Cook County and its governmental seat, Chicago, have a long history of... View gallery »

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 9:45 AM
By Ward Room Staff

Obama's Chicago HQ Won't Change Course

Obama's Chicago HQ Won't Change Course

"We never anticipated winning battleground states by 10 points and can't imagine winning a ton of them by 5 points," said Ben LaBolt, Obama's campaign spokesman told the Associate Press on Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM
By Edward McClelland

The Chicago Reader's Biggest Story

The Chicago Reader's Biggest Story

As the Chicago Reader faces yet another ownership change, let's remember 1983, when a Reader cover story helped Harold Washington win a close mayoral election. Read »

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