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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

FLOTUS "Definitely" Not Entering Politics

FLOTUS

First Lady Michelle Obama is officially on the record regarding rumored political plans after she leaves the White House. Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run

Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run

Political wags are beginning to wonder whether Michelle Obama is mulling a run for Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's seat in 2016. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By michelle relerford, phil rogers

Illinois Senators Target Gangster Disciples Gang

Bipartisan pair believe plan could involved up to 18,000 arrests. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Mark Kirk Calls For Pension Reform

Mark Kirk Calls For Pension Reform

Senator demands legislators find bipartisan solution to state's fiscal crisis. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Report: Sen. Kirk Co-Sponsored Bills for Girlfriend's Clients

Report: Sen. Kirk Co-Sponsored Bills for Girlfriend's Clients

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk used his status as a lawmaker to pass legislation that benefited a woman to whom he has been romantically linked, according to reports. Read »

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 3:16 PM
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By Victoria Coleman

Senator Kirk Gets A Wellness Check From President Obama

Senator Kirk Gets A Wellness Check From President Obama

Senator Mark Kirk tweeted his appreciation for a call he received from President Obama. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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