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Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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By Staff Report

Duckworth Among 5 Dems Tapped for Benghazi Committee

Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a wounded Iraqi War veteran, was among five Democrats named to serve on a Republican-led committee to investigate the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Read »

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kinzinger Warns Republicans Against Defunding Obamacare

Kinzinger Warns Republicans Against Defunding Obamacare

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger on Wednesday had a warning for his fellow Republicans: shut down the government in an effort to defund Obamacare and they'll lose the House of Representatives in the 2014... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Who's Who in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Political Career

All the key players in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Political Career See Full Gallery »

Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Rahm Fundraises for Democrats with Pelosi

Rahm Fundraises for Democrats with Pelosi

Mayor Rahm Emanuel enlists help of Pelosi for fundraiser in hopes to regain House Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 6:55 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Halvorson Responds to Jackson's Latest Endorsement

Debbie Halvorson has news for incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. regarding his recent endorsement from Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Pelosi Endorses Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Pelosi Endorses Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Jesse Jackson, Jr., received a big endorsement today in the race for the 2nd congressional district Democratic primary. Read »

Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Pelosi to Endorse Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Pelosi to Endorse Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to make an election-related announcement Saturday during her stay in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:27 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Kirk: Super Committee Should Start Work Immediately

Kirk: Super Committee Should Start Work Immediately
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Sen. Mark Kirk wants the deficit-cutting Super Committee to start work next Monday. He also wants Congress to forego its August recess to deal with the economy. Is he a deficit hawk, or a bachelor with no place... Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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