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Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Pritzker Takes Oath as Commerce Secretary

Billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker was sworn in Wednesday as the nation's new commerce secretary, one day after being confirmed by the United States Senate. Read »

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel Appoints Donor to School Board

Emanuel Appoints Donor to School Board

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has appointed Deborah Quazzo to replace Penny Pritzker on the Chicago School Board. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Penny Pritzker Sails Through Confirmation Hearings

Penny Pritzker Sails Through Confirmation Hearings

President Barack Obama's nominee for commerce secretary expected to be confirmed. Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Commerce Secretary confirmation hearings scheduled for Thursday. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:08 AM
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By Associated Press

Durbin Favors Pritzker as U.S. Secretary of Commerce

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Commerce is an excellent choice to head the federal agency. Read »

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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By Julie Pace

Obama Nominates Penny Pritzker For Commerce Job

President Barack Obama nominates longtime fundraiser and philanthropist Penny Pritzker to run the Commerce Department. Read »

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Pritzker Commerce Nomination Coming Soon: Report

Pritzker Commerce Nomination Coming Soon: Report

The Wall Street Journal reports President Barack Obama will nominate the fundraiser and Hyatt hotel scion for the post this week, ending “months of speculation." Pritzker, whose family launched the Hyatt... Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Penny Pritzker Resigns from School Board

Penny Pritzker Resigns from School Board

Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker notified Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday that she was stepping down from the Chicago Board of Education effective immediately. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Considering Pritzker For Commerce Secretary

Obama Considering Pritzker For Commerce Secretary

President Barack Obama might bank on a Penny in the world of commerce. Obama reportedly is considering big-time fundraiser and Hyatt hotel scion Penny Pritzker for his choice as commerce secretary. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Pritzker Hitches Ride on Air Force One

Pritzker Hitches Ride on Air Force One

Two weeks after a New York Times article announced that Penny Pritzker, big-time fundraiser for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, has been all but M.I.A. in the 2012 race, Pritzker took a ride on Air Force One... Read »

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Bruce Rauner

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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

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Barack Obama

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