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Friday, Oct 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Paul Ryan and the Chicago Marathon

Paul Ryan and the Chicago Marathon

The congressman from Janesville, Wisc., and Mitt Romney running mate, moved the date for a planned Chicago fundraiser from Friday, October 5 to Sunday October 7. Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Satire: When Mitt Romney Visits Sesame Street

Satire: When Mitt Romney Visits Sesame Street

What will happen on Day One of a Romney presidency, when he makes good on his promise to fire Big Bird. Yes, this is satire. Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Who Won Wednesday's Debate?

Who Won Wednesday's Debate?

Who won Wednesday night's debate? An informal poll of NBC 5 viewers voted 1,946 to 933 that Gov. Mitt Romney prevailed. They weren't the only ones. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

What to Expect from the Romney-Obama Debate

Newton Minow is the Vice Chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates and has played a role in every single televised debate since the first one in 1960 says “I think you’ll see both of them be very... Read »

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Illinois Romney Supporters Organize Debate Watch Party

Illinois Romney Supporters Organize Debate Watch Party

Mitt Romney's Illinois team is setting up an official watch party for the presidential debate next month.State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Sen. Sue Rezin and Rep. Pam Roth host the event at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at... Read »

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Poll Shows Obama Leading Romney in Illinois, 59-35

Poll Shows Obama Leading Romney in Illinois, 59-35

After getting 61 percent against John McCain, Obama looks set for another landslide victory in his home state. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Supporters More Likely To Buy Merch: Report

Obama Supporters More Likely To Buy Merch: Report

President Barack Obama supporters are four times more likely to buy campaign merch than supporters of Mitt Romney, according to a new report. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama: Romney Politicized Teacher Strike

Obama: Romney Politicized Teacher Strike

President Barack Obama weighed in over the weekend on Chicago's teacher strike, days after union delegates voted to suspend the strike and head back to class. In a taped Saturday interview with "Today Show" host... Read »

Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Obama Releases Ad Attacking Romney's "47 Percent" Remark

Obama Releases Ad Attacking Romney's

A new web ad features New Yorkers scolding Romney for writing off half the country as freeloaders. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Returns to Wisconsin Saturday

Obama Returns to Wisconsin Saturday

One month before early voting begins in the November election, President Barack Obama returns to Wisconsin, now solidified as battleground territory and a place of potential gain for Mitt Romney. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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.

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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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