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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Walsh: One-Term Wonder

Joe Walsh: One-Term Wonder

Serving one term in Congress doesn't mean the end of your career. It happened to another Illinois, Abe Lincoln. Read »

Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Race for Illinois Governor: Who's On Deck

Who may be running for Illinois governor in 2014? The list is long and varied. See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz & Marcus Riley

Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up In Illinois

Several state races for the House and Senate reached national status thanks to the talkers Illinois politics has become known for: scandal and controversy. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 6:33 AM
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By Carol Marin

How Joe Walsh Lost to Tammy Duckworth

How Joe Walsh Lost to Tammy Duckworth

Why did Joe Walsh, national Tea Party superstar, lose? And Tammy Duckworth win? The question of a medically necessary abortion best explains it. In this election cycle, three men — all Tea Party candidates —... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Duckworth Unseats Walsh in 8th Congressional

Rep. Joe Walsh finds himself booted out of office after just two years in Congress. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Duckworth "Very Confident" Against Walsh

An "invigorated" Tammy Duckworth exuded confidence as she left the voting booth Tuesday morning in Rolling Meadows. "I feel fantastic," she told reporters. "We've been working toward this for 17, 18 months now.... Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford less than impressed by the move, but candidates embrace president's endorsement. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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By Carol Marin and Don Moseley

PAC Money Flows Into Illinois Races

The independent expenditures come from congressional PACS associated with the Republican and Democratic parties and from PACS and SuperPacs in which the money trial is harder to follow. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Duckworth on Walsh's Greatest Hits

Tammy Duckworth's campaign releases a compendium of Walsh's most outrageous statements. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Walsh Endorsed by Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Walsh has made job growth and economic recovery his main priority and maintains that the federal government is hampering that growth. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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