Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Jason Plummer Sends Ill-Timed Tweet About Ayers, Dohrn

Opinion: Jason Plummer Sends Ill-Timed Tweet About Ayers, Dohrn

The failed candidate for lieutenant governor and Congress uses the Boston Marathon bombing to take a dig at Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Enyart Beats Plummer in Close Race for 12th

Enyart Beats Plummer in Close Race for 12th

Bill Enyart beat out Republican Jason Plummer and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw Tuesday night to win Southern Illinois' 12th U.S. House District seat being vacated by Democrat Jerry Costello. Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 2:45 PM
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By Saba Hamid

William Enyart

William Enyart

William 'Bill' Enyart is the Democratic Party Candidate for the 12th Congressional District of Illinois Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer is running for the Republican Party Candidate for the 12th Congressional District. Read »

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Rodger Cook

Rodger Cook

Rodger Cook is running for the Republican Party Candidate for the 12th Congressional District. Read »

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Theresa Kormos

Theresa Kormos

Theresa Kormos is running for the Republican Party Candidate for the 12th Congressional District. Read »

Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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By Steve Bryant, Mary Ann Ahern

Jason Plummer's Infamous Freeze Featured on Jay Leno

Jason Plummer's Infamous Freeze Featured on Jay Leno

T-T-T-oday, junior. Jason Plummer's infamous, stutter-tastic WTTW interview made it into Jay Leno's opening monologue Wednesday night in a Colbert Report-esque segment called Get to Know Your 2010 Ca... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Senator's Daughter Meets The Millionaire's Son

The Senator's Daughter Meets The Millionaire's Son

Simon and Plummer debate whether a political legacy or a lumber fortune is a better qualification for lieutenant governor. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 8:36 AM
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By Steve Bryant

Pol Position

Pol Position

February 16: Provision ballots counted today, Brady's legislative record, Plummer says he's no Scott Lee Cohen, more. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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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Barack Obama

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