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Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Blago Brother Rips Jackson Sentence

Blago Brother Rips Jackson Sentence

The brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says there's a serious disparity in the sentence his brother received and the prison time lobbed against Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

Blagojevich-Linked Figure Sentenced to 27 Months

Blagojevich-Linked Figure Sentenced to 27 Months

A building contractor who says a seductive but unsavory world of the rich and the powerful in Illinois led him astray was sentenced Wednesday to a more than two-year prison term, a last piece of unfinished... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: How To Stop Nepotism In Chicago Politics

Opinion: How To Stop Nepotism In Chicago Politics

A few modest proposals for preventing the passage of power from one generation to the next. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blagojevich Lawyers Appeal Corruption Conviction, Sentence

Blagojevich Lawyers Appeal Corruption Conviction, Sentence

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal late Monday challenging the imprisoned former Illinois governor's corruption conviction and stiff, 14-year prison term. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Mell Should Have Nepotism Privileges Revoked

Opinion: Mell Should Have Nepotism Privileges Revoked

After foisting Rod Blagojevich on Illinois, Dick Mell shouldn't be allowed to install his daughter on the City Council. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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By Lisa Balde

City Seeks To Acquire Rezko Land in South Loop

City Seeks To Acquire Rezko Land in South Loop

Chicago wants a piece of land formerly owned by convicted Illinois fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko. The city is making moves to acquire a 63-acre lot once co-owned by Rezko, giving the city the right to buy... Read »

Friday, Jul 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Marcus Riley

Retiring Alderman Mell Recalls Political Past

The second-longest serving member of Chicago's City Council and one of the city's most powerful aldermen on Friday plans to speak publicly for the first time since announcing his retirement this week. Read »

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Former Gov. Candidate Loses Job As Conn. Superintendent

Former Gov. Candidate Loses Job As Conn. Superintendent

Vallas, who narrowly lost the 2002 Democratic primary for governor to Rod Blagojevich, is removed from his job as head of the Bridgeport, Conn., schools for having a "sham" credential. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Blago Attorney Requests Extension for Appeal

Blago Attorney Requests Extension for Appeal

It looks like the world is going to have to wait a bit longer for Rod Blagojevich's version of why he deserves a new trial. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Roland Burris's Tombstone Boo-Boo

Roland Burris's Tombstone Boo-Boo

Burris School of Politics Lesson One: wait until your career is over before carving your tombstone. Some other African-American might beat you to the Senate. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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