Ward Room
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Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Madigan's Lincoln Library Bill: Dead In the Water?

Madigan's Lincoln Library Bill: Dead In the Water?

Michael Madigan's last-minute bid to turn the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum into a separate state agency is apparently going nowhere. Read »

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Michael Madigan's Lincoln Library Plot Raises Patronage Concerns

While you were at a picnic this Memorial Day weekend, Michael Madigan was busy indoors, masterminding a patronage-fueled plot to transfer control of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from... Read »

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn to Present Hillary Clinton with State's Highest Award

Quinn to Present Hillary Clinton with State's Highest Award

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to present Hillary Rodham Clinton with an Order of Lincoln medallion, the state's highest honor, on Saturday. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Supreme Court Says Reconstruction Is Over

Supreme Court Says Reconstruction Is Over

By striking down a provision of the Voting Rights Act that says Southern states have to clear voting regulations with the Justice Department, the court says the work that Lincoln began is over. Is it? Read »

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Happy Birthday, Little Giant

Happy Birthday, Little Giant

Stephen Douglas turns 200 today. Read »

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Neglected Lincoln Bust of Englewood

Neglected Lincoln Bust of Englewood

Abraham Lincoln died 148 years ago today. This is as good a time as any to suggest that his Englewood memorial needs a major restoration job -- not just for the sake of a neglected statue, but for the sake of a... Read »

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM
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By Edward McClelland

HISTORICAL: Illinois's Most Racist Senate Campaign

HISTORICAL: Illinois's Most Racist Senate Campaign

In 1858, Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln competed over who would do the best job of keeping blacks out of Illinois, and out of white people's beds. Read »

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Politics of the Oscars

The Politics of the Oscars

With Lincoln up for 12 nominations, we look at how political movies have fared at the Oscars. Read »

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Daniel Day-Lewis Learned To Talk Like An Illinoisan

How Daniel Day-Lewis Learned To Talk Like An Illinoisan

The actor tells the BBC how he mastered Abraham Lincoln's accent. Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Obama To Deliver State of Union on Lincoln's Birthday

Obama To Deliver State of Union on Lincoln's Birthday

House Speaker John Boehner invited Obama to address Congress on Feb. 12. 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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