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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

JJJ Wants Medical Info Out of Public Record

JJJ Wants Medical Info Out of Public Record

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly hoping to keep information about medical condition out of the public record, despite plans to use it in court as a reason for the judge to give him a break. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Supporter Sends Jackson Jr. Letter to Wrong Judge

Supporter Sends Jackson Jr. Letter to Wrong Judge

Cook County Commissioner Jerry “Iceman” Butler is the latest public official to write a Federal Judge in Washington, pleading for leniency for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Butler directed his... Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Jacksons' Crimes "Made Our Democracy Shiver"

Jacksons' Crimes

The Jacksons' friends and foes write letters regarding their sentencing. Read »

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 »

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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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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 .