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Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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By Erin Carlson

2014 Midterms: Nate Silver Calls 'Tea Party' Label Misleading

2014 Midterms: Nate Silver Calls 'Tea Party' Label Misleading

Data wizard Nate Silver is calling for a moratorium on the word "Tea Party." In a post on his website, FiveThirtyEight, Silver -- a University of Chicago economics grad who rose to prominence for his... Read »

Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

See Nate Silver in Chicago Tonight

See Nate Silver in Chicago Tonight

This year, Silver became the punching bag of the conservative right who claimed that his statistical models were flawed and that he was an Obama acolyte who was interested only in raising false hopes for his... Read »

Monday, Dec 20, 2010 at 7:27 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Why Mark Kirk Voted to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Most Republican senators in states won by Obama voted to allow gays to serve openly in the military. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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