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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

A trio of Wisconsin politicians -- Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about President... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced To 30 Months in Prison

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison and a 36-month term of supervised release for spending $750,000 of campaign cash on personal items. Sandi Jackson was sentenced to... Read »

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Conan Makes Rahm Joke at Correspondents' Dinner

Ever wonder if television had a series about some of Washington’s biggest politicians who would play them? Well, Conan O’Brien has your answers, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s character shouldn’t come as a... Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Paul Ryan: Boston Bombings Shouldn't Delay Immigration Reform

Former Vice Presidential candidate and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on Monday urged his colleagues in Congress to not let last week's attack in Boston derail their efforts for comprehensive immigration reform. 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 10:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde, Melanie Kucera

Schock to Paul Ryan: Don't Screw Up

Schock to Paul Ryan: Don't Screw Up

Two of Capitol Hill's hottest congressmen also happen to be workout buddies and friends who trade advice and tout each other's physiques. So when Paul Ryan made a fund-raising stop Sunday in Illinois, Rep. Aaron... 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 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 »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM
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By BJ Lutz

VP Pick Ryan Supports Rahm in Teacher Strike

VP Pick Ryan Supports Rahm in Teacher Strike

Vice presidential candidate: "We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel." Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Marathon Runners for Romney-Ryan

Marathon Runners for Romney-Ryan

In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, a friendly conservative talk show host, Ryan was given an opportunity to boast about the athletic exploits of his youth. Ryan mentioned he’d run track in high school. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .