Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 5:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

“The campaign stuff will come after we finish the governing"

“The campaign stuff will come after we finish the governing
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Pat Quinn: so good he doesn't *need* a campaign manager! Read »

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

"We properly paid the back-up withholding taxes"

Kirk camp leaks tax lien against Broadway, bank responds. Read »

Thursday, Apr 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

"Fewer than half of voters in the state think Rod Blagojevich is the most corrupt Governor of the last half century"

PPP poll asks Illinois residents who the shortest midget is. Read »

Thursday, Apr 8, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

"You’re a socialist with everybody’s money but your own"

Bill Brady to Barack Obama during a Senate poker game, circa 2004, according to David Remnick's new book. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010 at 6:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

"'The controversies swirling around Giannoulias and his family seem to be taking a toll on him"

Dem-leaning Public Policy Polling gives Kirk lead in Senate race. Read »

Monday, Apr 5, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

"I think it’s more the academician against a person who runs a family business"

Bill Brady on Sheila Simon vs. Jason Plummer. Read »

Monday, Apr 5, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

"You're Weird"

Blago's daughter's response to the shamed Gov's attempts to text message her. Read »

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

"And I was still breastfeeding -- if that's not too much information."

First Lady Michelle Obama talks candidly about her interview at the University of Chicago hospital. Read »

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

"If You Guys Give Up Your Sweepers, You're in Trouble."

Former alderman Burton Natarus speaking at a special session of city council. Read »

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

"We're In Trouble. We Need Some Help."

Newly transcribed tapes catch former mayor Richard J. Daley asking the president for help with riots after MLK's assassination. Read »

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