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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM
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By Associated Press

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation plan to speak on the floor of the House of Representative about gun violence in Chicago. Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Rep. Robin Kelly Issues Gun Violence Report

In the wake of another violent Chicago weekend that left nearly 30 people wounded. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) issued a report called for tougher gun laws across the country. Read »

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Dick Durbin Bashes Karl Rove at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Opinion: Dick Durbin Bashes Karl Rove at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Chicago has Hillary Clinton fever -- at least for the month of June. The first of a series of Hillary-centric, early-summer events kicked off here Thursday night with two back-to-back fundraisers for the beloved... Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 4:28 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois Lawmakers Play Hooky for Softball Game

Illinois Lawmakers Play Hooky for Softball Game

It's a beautiful day for a ballgame -- especially for Illinois lawmakers cutting out of work early. Read »

Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Lawmakers Pursue National Park Status for Pullman

Lawmakers Pursue National Park Status for Pullman

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are taking the next step to establish a national park in Chicago's historic Pullman neighborhood. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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By Emily Florez and Alexandria Fisher
      

Officials: Chicago Area Won't Feel Short-Term Shutdown

The Chicago area may not feel the effects of a short-term federal government shutdown, but if the bitter battle lasts a few weeks, many will be forced to take notice, officials said. Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Robin Kelly Sworn Into Congress

The newly elected replacement for Jesse Jackson Jr. officially will be sworn into Congress Thursday. Robin Kelly easily won the special election to replace Jackson in Illinois' second congressional district,... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 7:43 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up On Election Day

Star-studded races headlined Election Day in Illinois, starring a couple of Bears connections and a race to replace disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Here's a recap of the wins and losses. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Robin Kelly Favored To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr. In 2nd District

The 2nd Congressional District race between Robin Kelly and Paul McKinley has largely flown under the radar after Kelly handily won a special primary election in February. 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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