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Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Aaron Schock Named Senior Deputy Whip in GOP Shake-Up

Aaron Schock Named Senior Deputy Whip in GOP Shake-Up

Aaron Schock appears to have made a sweet deal in exchange for supporting Steve Scalise over fellow Illinoisian Peter Roskam for House Majority Whip. Read »

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:57 PM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Illinois' Peter Roskam Loses Bid for Majority Whip

House Republicans have picked Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise to be their No. 3 leader. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Roskam Races Against Time to Nab Whip Promotion

Time is of the essence for Peter Roskam. The Illinois congressman has just another day to drum up enough votes among House Republicans to secure the much-coveted position of majority whip in the aftermath of... Read »

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Peter Roskam Loses Schock Value in GOP Whip Competition

Peter Roskam Loses Schock Value in GOP Whip Competition

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican from the Illinois 'burb of Wheaton, has lost a crucial ally in his bid to become the House majority whip following Eric Cantor's ouster. Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Richest Congressional District in Illinois

The Richest Congressional District in Illinois

A new Census Bureau widget features demographic information by congressional district. Read »

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

House Ethics Committee Investigating Rep. Peter Roskam

House Ethics Committee Investigating Rep. Peter Roskam

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics said Friday it plans to investigate Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

A profile in The Weekly Standard portrays the young Republican as a man of action. Read »

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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By Katy Wolpoff

Peter J. Roskam

Peter J. Roskam

Peter J. Roskam, currently the incumbent representative for the Sixth District of Illinois is running for re-election. 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.

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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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