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Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Obama Doubles Romney in Online Ad Spending

Obama Doubles Romney in Online Ad Spending

Online advertising for the 2012 presidential race increased a whopping 251 percent from four years ago, according to Federal Election Commission data provided through mid-October. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Obama Takes Stage for Rally in Milwaukee

Obama Takes Stage for Rally in Milwaukee

Thousands of people packed into the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee to see President Barack Obama on Saturday. Read »

Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Rock, Roll and Romney

Rock, Roll and Romney

Now that he's been endorsed by Meat Loaf, Mitt Romney's campaign has a real playlist. Here are some of the rock -- and country -- stars who love Romney. Read »

Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Butter Bust of Obama Takes to Chicago Streets

Butter Bust of Obama Takes to Chicago Streets

If you see a yellow-ish sculpture of a man's head rolling through the Loop Friday afternoon, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you: It really is a bust of President Barack Obama made of butter. The butter head... Read »

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Michelle Relerford
      

President Obama Votes in Chicago

Barack Obama on Thursday became the first sitting president to cast an early ballot in person when he voted at a community center on Chicago's south side. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By BJ Lutz

14 Arrested in Protest at Bain Capital-Controlled Plant

14 Arrested in Protest at Bain Capital-Controlled Plant

Workers at Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport have been pleading with Gov. Mitt Romney, who still owns Bain Capital stock, to use his influence to save soon-to-be-outsourced jobs. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why Abortion May Not Be As Big An Issue As The Democrats Hope

Opinion: Why Abortion May Not Be As Big An Issue As The Democrats Hope

It's hard to argue that the right to abortion is in peril after Reagan, Bush I and Bush II did nothing to ban it. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Dark Horse Who Emerged As A Front Runner

The Dark Horse Who Emerged As A Front Runner

An amazing number of political terms originated at the race track. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Obama Camp Ties Romney to Mourdock Comments

Less than two weeks out from the election, President Barack Obama's campaign quickly tied opponent Mitt Romney to controversial comments made this week by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Romney Returns to Chicago Nov. 2

Romney Returns to Chicago Nov. 2

After seeing fundraising success in the Chicago area earlier this year, Mitt Romney again looks to President Barack Obama's home turf for a pre-election push. 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.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .
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