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Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Obama Seeks to Revive Agenda in State of Union

Obama Seeks to Revive Agenda in State of Union

Every presidency, it seems, hits a wall in the first year of a second term. Barack Obama is no exception. Read »

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

A number of prominent members of the Illinois Congressional delegation and a Chicago alderman are headed to Washington, D.C. to attend President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz

Obama Highlights Hadiya Pendleton In SOTU

President Barack Obama on Tuesday highlighted the recent shooting death of Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton in his call for "commonsense reform" to the nation's gun laws. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The First SOTU on Paczki Day

The First SOTU on Paczki Day

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address on a historic date – but will he acknowledge it in his speech tonight? Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Will The Nuge Upstage The Prez?

Will The Nuge Upstage The Prez?

Ted Nugent's appearance at tonight's State of the Union will attest to the brilliance of his transformation from rock star to right-wing hero. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

SOTU Guest List Makes Statement On Gun Violence

SOTU Guest List Makes Statement On Gun Violence

The guest list at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday makes a statement of its own. About two dozen House Democrats invited victims of gun violence, and First Lady Michelle Obama invited... Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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By Lisa Balde

First Lady Invites Pendleton's Mother To SOTU

First Lady Invites Pendleton's Mother To SOTU

The mother of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday night's State of the Union, White House aides told NBC News Monday. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago Friday to talk about strengthening the U.S. economy as well as city gun violence. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kirk Invites Therapist to State of the Union

Kirk Invites Therapist to State of the Union

Senator invited Mike Klonowski because he wants to highlight the work physical therapists do, spokesman said. Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Obama To Deliver State of Union on Lincoln's Birthday

Obama To Deliver State of Union on Lincoln's Birthday

House Speaker John Boehner invited Obama to address Congress on Feb. 12. 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.

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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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