Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Mosely
      

Politics Reign at Illinois State Fair's Governor's Day

Democrats try to rally the vote during traditionally difficult non-presidential election year. Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois State Fair Parade Canceled Due to Rain

Illinois State Fair Parade Canceled Due to Rain

Heavy rains drowned out a parade Thursday kicking off the Illinois State Fair, a 10-day celebration of agriculture that includes a mammoth 500-pound butter cow sculpture, concerts and various fried delicacies on... Read »

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Gov. Quinn Declares Toby Keith Day in Illinois

Gov. Quinn Declares Toby Keith Day in Illinois

You probably won't remember it next year, but Aug. 14 is officially Toby Keith Day in Illinois. Why? Because Gov. Pat Quinn made the proclamation Wednesday as the country singer headlined the Illinois State... Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM
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By The Associated Press
      

Republicans at State Fair Vow to Rebuild Party

Thursday was Republican Day at the fair, and the big event was the Republican Day Rally at noon with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and the party's candidates for Illinois governor. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM
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By Kerry Lester
      

Dems Can't Hide Squabbles at State Fair

There was no booing this year, but the divisions and intraparty squabbles among Illinois Democrats were on full display Wednesday in Springfield as they ripped both Republicans and each other during events that... 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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