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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 »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Bloomberg Wins 2nd District Primary

Opinion: Bloomberg Wins 2nd District Primary

The 2nd District election was a victory for unlimited money in politics, not gun control. The next billionaire to buy an election won't be so liberal. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Robin Kelly Takes Aim At NRA In Victory Speech

If there was every any question about the role guns played in the special election primary to replace disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Rep. Robin Kelly answered it Tuesday in the her victory... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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By Lisa Balde

As It Happened: 2nd District Special Election

As It Happened: 2nd District Special Election

Low voter turnout and an approaching storm could bring Tuesday’s 2nd District primary down to a close call. Who will win the seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. in November? Follow our coverage all day of the... Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Halvorson, Kelly, Beale Sprint To 2nd District Finish

Candidates vying to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. made their final push before Tuesday's special primary in the 2nd District. Read »

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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By Associated Press

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

The candidates vying to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. are making their final push before Tuesday's 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.

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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