Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Walsh To Address Chicago Tea Party

Joe Walsh To Address Chicago Tea Party

The former (yes!) congressman begins his campaign for senator or governor next week. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Illinois Legislators Voted on Fiscal Cliff Bill

How Illinois Legislators Voted on Fiscal Cliff Bill

Illinois’ House delegation voted 14-4 Tuesday in favor of the Senate bill that prevented the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. For seven congressmen -- Judy Biggert, Bob Dold, Tim Johnson, Don... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Walsh's Sugar Daddy

Joe Walsh's Sugar Daddy

The Washington Post has an expose on a Barrington millionaire who funded a Tea Party group that spent $1.7 million on Walsh. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Who Gets Money From the NRA?

Who Gets Money From the NRA?

In Illinois, the National Rifle Association only had a 58 percent success rate for candidates it funded. Read »

Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 8:23 AM
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By Edward McClelland

You Can't Say That in Politics

Questionable quotes said by politicians in 2012 See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Could Joe Walsh Be The GOP Nominee For Governor?

Could Joe Walsh Be The GOP Nominee For Governor?

Pat Quinn should be so lucky. He usually is. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Joe Walsh, We Knew Ye Too Well

Opinion: Joe Walsh, We Knew Ye Too Well

A eulogy for the Tea Partier's disgraceful term in Congress. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Joe Walsh Celebrates Court's Gun Law Decision

Joe Walsh Celebrates Court's Gun Law Decision

“This ruling is a victory for Illinois residents and will give them the constitutional right to defend themselves, as has been established in every other state in the country,” Walsh said. “Illinois has some of... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Walsh Talks Political Future During Final Town Hall

Walsh Talks Political Future During Final Town Hall

Defeated U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is going to have a lot of time on his hands come January. But don't expect him to step out of the political spotlight just yet. Read »

Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Walsh: U.N. is Rewarding Palestinians for Violence

Walsh: U.N. is Rewarding Palestinians for Violence

Add Rep. Joe Walsh to the line of U.S. officials unhappy with the United Nations General Assembly's action Thursday that gives implicit recognition to Palestinian statehood. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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