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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:40 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Jackson Jr. Could Face Another Legal Issue

Jesse Jackson Jr. already faces sentencing for one legal problem, but he could face another. Read »

Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM
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By Associated Press

Sandi, Jesse Jackson Jr. to be Sentenced on Same Day

Sandi, Jesse Jackson Jr. to be Sentenced on Same Day

The former congressman's sentencing was rescheduled on Friday. He was to be sentenced on June 28 but now will appear on July 1. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Jackson Jr. Lawyers Due in Court Friday

Jackson Jr. Lawyers Due in Court Friday

Lawyers for the couple will be in federal court in Washington D.C. Friday for a status hearing on the case. The Jackson's will not need to attend. Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Robin Kelly Sworn Into Congress

The newly elected replacement for Jesse Jackson Jr. officially will be sworn into Congress Thursday. Robin Kelly easily won the special election to replace Jackson in Illinois' second congressional district,... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Kelly Easily Wins 2nd Congressional Race

Robin Kelly will head to Washington, D.C. this week to become the next congresswoman from Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Gun Rights Group Calls Robin Kelly An "Ignorant Witch"

Gun Rights Group Calls Robin Kelly An

A pro-gun website attacks soon-to-be-Rep. Robin Kelly for questioning the effectiveness of conceal carry laws. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Endorses Likely Winner In 2nd District

Obama Endorses Likely Winner In 2nd District

The man who once backed Jesse Jackson Jr. for Illinois' 2nd District is supporting the former congressman's likely successor. Read »

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago's Most Corrupt Wards

Chicago's Most Corrupt Wards

With the conviction of William Beavers, the 7th Ward moves to the top of the list. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Congress Made It Easier For JJJ To Misuse Funds: Report

Congress Made It Easier For JJJ To Misuse Funds: Report

Apparently it was pretty easy for Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife to dip into the former Illinois congressman's campaign funds. Read »

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:53 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Who Got a Rawer Deal, Blago or Jackson Jr.?

Jesse Jackson Jr. will serve between 46 and 57 months for embezzling $750,000. Rod Blagojevich is serving 14 years for embezzling $0. Read »

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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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .
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