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Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kirk Calls for Missile Strike on Syria

Kirk Calls for Missile Strike on Syria

Syrian regime is believed to have used chemical weapons on civilians. Read »

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Kirk: Allow Poles To Visit Without A Visa

Kirk: Allow Poles To Visit Without A Visa

Chicago has the largest Polish population outside Warsaw. But Poland is one of the few European countries whose citizens need a visa to visit the U.S. Read »

Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

History Shows Social Conservatives Can't Win In Illinois

History Shows Social Conservatives Can't Win In Illinois

Only three Illinois Republicans have won a statewide race in this century: Judy Baar Topinka, Mark Kirk and Dan Rutherford. They're all moderates on social issues. Read »

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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By Edward McClelland

GOP Needs 20 Percent of Chicago Vote to Win Statewide

GOP Needs 20 Percent of Chicago Vote to Win Statewide

In the rare instances when they've won a statewide election in this century, Republican candidates have gotten at least 19.5 percent of the vote in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM
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By The Associated Press
      

Republicans at State Fair Vow to Rebuild Party

Thursday was Republican Day at the fair, and the big event was the Republican Day Rally at noon with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and the party's candidates for Illinois governor. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Opinion: Obama Should Run For Senate In 2016

The president will only be 55 years old when he leaves the White House. He'll need a new job. So why not his old one? Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Look Out for Madigan, Mark Kirk!

Opinion: Look Out for Madigan, Mark Kirk!

Lisa Madigan probably would have lost a race for governor. But she could beat Kirk for U.S. Senate. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Does Kirk Have the Vigor to Win Another Term?

Does Kirk Have the Vigor to Win Another Term?

The National Journal praises Sen. Mark Kirk's recovery, but wonders whether he has the "vigor" for a tough campaign. Read »

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Kirk To Back Immigration Bill With More Border Security

Kirk To Back Immigration Bill With More Border Security

As lawmakers get closer to a bipartisan compromise on immigration reform, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk said Thursday he would back a plan that toughens border security. "Once the Senate adopts our amendment, I... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 7:35 AM
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By Michael Tarm
      

Chicago's Next US Attorney Faces Urgent Dilemma

Chicago's next U.S. attorney faces a dilemma sprung from the twin evils bedeviling America's third-largest city. Should he zero in on Illinois' deep pool of political corruption with the resolve of his... 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.
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