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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 »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Kelly Easily Wins 2nd Congressional Race

Robin Kelly will head to Washington, D.C. this week to become the next congresswoman from Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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By Sophia Tareen

House Successor To Face Challenges

House Successor To Face Challenges

While Democrat Robin Kelly is widely expected to capture Tuesday's special election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat over Republican Paul McKinley, any winner will face big challenges. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Endorses Likely Winner In 2nd District

Obama Endorses Likely Winner In 2nd District

The man who once backed Jesse Jackson Jr. for Illinois' 2nd District is supporting the former congressman's likely successor. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Senator Introduces Amendment to Overturn "Citizens United"

Senator Introduces Amendment to Overturn

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduces a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court decision that made it possible for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to spend $2 million on... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Biden Says Kelly's Victory Sends Message on Guns

Biden Says Kelly's Victory Sends Message on Guns

Vice President Joe Biden says Robin Kelly's victory is a sign there will be a political price for inaction on guns. 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.

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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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