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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 »

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 »

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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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