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Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde, Anthony Ponce

Who Won Monday's Debate?

Who Won Monday's Debate?

Who won Monday night's debate? An informal survey of NBC 5 viewers voted 1,047 to 409 that President Barack Obama prevailed in the final meeting. They weren't the only ones. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Roots of Red vs. Blue Politics

The Roots of Red vs. Blue Politics

The regional divisions we see every election can be traced all the way back to England. The colonists brought their squabbling cultures to North America, where the fight continues to this day. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 8:20 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Who Won Tuesday's Debate?

Who Won Tuesday's Debate?

Who won Tuesday night's debate? An informal survey of NBC 5 viewers voted 2,558 to 991 that President Barack Obama prevailed. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Tonight's Debate Will Be A Game Changer

Why Tonight's Debate Will Be A Game Changer

Both Romney and Obama will stay on message in an attempt to win over undecided voters in critical swing states. Only one thing is certain: this election will be decided by a razor-thin margin. Read »

Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Who Won the Veep Debate?

Who Won the Veep Debate?

This one apparently went to the Democrat. An unscientific survey of NBC Chicago viewers gave Vice President Joe Biden a commanding lead over Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 8:40 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Loses Ground in Illinois: Poll

Obama Loses Ground in Illinois: Poll

As numbers tighten throughout the country, a new poll shows President Barack Obama maintaining a steady lead in his home state. Support for Obama beats Mitt Romney 55 percent to 36 percent in Illinois, according... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Mitt Romney On Abortion

Mitt Romney On Abortion

No matter how you feel about abortion, Mitt Romney has agreed with you at some point in his political career. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Last-Minute Voter Registration Down in Illinois

Not registered to vote in November's election? The deadline has arrived in Illinois. Chicago's Board of Election Commissioners will remain open until midnight at 69 W. Washington St. to register voters.... Read »

Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Paul Ryan Nets $2.5 M at Rosemont Fund-Raiser

Paul Ryan Nets $2.5 M at Rosemont Fund-Raiser

The Republican vice presidential nominee netted $2.5 million during the Sunday fund-raiser. Tickets to the event at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare cost from $2,500 to $75,800 per person. Read »

Friday, Oct 5, 2012 at 11:05 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Mitt Romney Can't Fire Big Bird

Why Mitt Romney Can't Fire Big Bird

Republicans think public broadcasting advances liberal values, but most viewers associate it with quality children's programming. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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.

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Ed Burke

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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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