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Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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By Associated Press

Temporary Senator Roland Burris Looms Large in Corruption Trial for Chicago Man

Temporary Senator Roland Burris Looms Large in Corruption Trial for Chicago Man

An Illinois Democrat appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a U.S. Senate seat in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming onetime... 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 »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Few Barriers Left For Black Politicians in Illinois

Few Barriers Left For Black Politicians in Illinois

African-Americans have had more political success in Illinois than any other state -- but there are still a few offices they haven't held. Read »

Friday, Jun 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The (Other) Man Who Tried to Buy a Senate Seat

The (Other) Man Who Tried to Buy a Senate Seat

Think Rod Blagojevich tried to engineer a corrupt deal for a U.S. Senate seat? Then you've never heard of Illinois's own Frank L. Smith. Read »

Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 7:45 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Burris Decides Against Mayoral Run

Burris Decides Against Mayoral Run

Friends tried to draft him, but petition papers were challenged. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why We Have No Black Senators

Why We Have No Black Senators

The hate mail I received after lamenting that there are no more black senators helped me understand why there are no more black senators. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 at 4:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How Mark Kirk Re-Segregates the Senate

How Mark Kirk Re-Segregates the Senate
AP

Kirk takes over a seat that's been held by African-American for 12 of 18 years. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:30 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Blago Appointee Named Most Clueless Congressman

Blago Appointee Named Most Clueless Congressman

Roland Burris also ranks on list of the scandalous ... along with Aaron Schock? Read »

Friday, Aug 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Roland Burris, Kicking and Screaming

Burris is fighting to put his name on the special election ballot -- but why is he the only appointed senator whose term is ending early? Read »

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 3:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Durbin Confident Democrats Will Retain House and Senate

Also: Sen. Burris lashes out at media, refuses to comment on Blagojevich trial. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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.

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Ed Burke

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