Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Scott Lee Cohen Wants to Be Treated Like a Democrat, Ha Ha Ha

Cohen's discovering how the system works, except he's doing it publicly. Oops. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

16 Questions for Scott Lee Cohen's Running Mate

16 Questions for Scott Lee Cohen's Running Mate
AP

Baxter Swilley on the race, playing second fiddle and his boss. Read »

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Cohen is Paying for Signatures? So Did Obama.

Cohen is Paying for Signatures? So Did Obama.

Paying $1 a petition signature is an old Chicago tradition. Read »

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Biggest Threat to Scott Lee Cohen Since Scott Lee Cohen?

The Biggest Threat to Scott Lee Cohen Since Scott Lee Cohen?

Perennial candidate William "Dock" Walls throws his hat in the ring. Read »

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Cohen: "Powerful People" Threatened Me

Cohen:
AP

Makes new, ominous allegations over his dropped Lt. Gov. bid. Read »

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 11:58 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Scott Lee Cohen: Baxter Swilley Was 'Not My First Choice'

Cohen makes unusual case for new running mate. Read »

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Scott Lee Cohen Locks Up the Black Vote! But Probably Not!

Scott Lee Cohen Locks Up the Black Vote! But Probably Not!

Just who is Baxter Swilley, and is he really being compared to Obama? Read »

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 9:14 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Cohen Chooses Running Mate

Cohen Chooses Running Mate

Former campaign coordinator Baxter Swilley to join ticket: report Read »

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Cohen: "Shoot All the Elected Politicians"

Cohen:

Was that a question? A threat? Another indication he's certifiable? Yes. Read »

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Ten Questions for Scott Lee Cohen's Running Mate

Cohen doesn't want to "embarrass" potential mates. So, please call him. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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