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Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Mrs. Obama Makes Early Voting Push in Wis.

Mrs. Obama Makes Early Voting Push in Wis.

First lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton traveled across Wisconsin Friday to encourage early voting. Clinton was in Green Bay Friday, with Michelle Obama making stops in Racine and Wausau. Read »

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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By Associated Press, BJ Lutz

First Lady Tapes TV Show, Raises Funds

First Lady Tapes TV Show, Raises Funds

Michelle Obama was a guest on The Steve Harvey Show before two Chicago-area fundraisers. Read »

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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By Lisa Balde

First Lady Fund-Raises in Chicago Thursday

First Lady Fund-Raises in Chicago Thursday

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Chicago this week for two fundraisers: one at the former home of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios and the other at the home of a media mogul. Read »

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM
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By Edward McClelland

When David Axelrod Had Hair. Long Hair.

When David Axelrod Had Hair. Long Hair.

A gallery of politicians' high school yearbook photos features a number of local politicians as teenagers. Sadly missing: Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

First Lady Joins Quinn to Sign Military Legislation

First Lady Joins Quinn to Sign Military Legislation

First Lady Michelle Obama plans to make full use of her trip to Chicago next week. Besides hosting two fundraisers, she also will attend the signing of new legislation by Gov. Pat Quinn, according to the... Read »

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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By Marcus Riley

First Lady, Jane Lynch Headline Fund-Raiser

First Lady, Jane Lynch Headline Fund-Raiser

Obama campaign continues support of LGBT community. Read »

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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By Michelle Relerford

100-Plus Cops Assigned to Wedding: Report

100-Plus Cops Assigned to Wedding: Report

Following two crime-filled weekends in Chicago, up to 200 police officers could provide security for a clout-heavy Saturday wedding. Ahead of another warm weekend, officers were ordered to secure the... Read »

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz

First Lady to Host NATO South Side Tour

First Lady to Host NATO South Side Tour

First Lady Michelle Obama will host two events in Chicago during this month's NATO Summit, the White House confirmed Monday. Read »

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

First Lady Says South Side to be on NATO Tour

First Lady Says South Side to be on NATO Tour

Tour to include a stop at the Gary Comer Youth Center on South Ingleside, two blocks from the apartment where she grew up. Read »

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Obama, Clinton Send Letters to Sen. Kirk

Obama, Clinton Send Letters to Sen. Kirk

Republican senator remains in intensive care after having an ischemic stroke over the weekend. 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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