Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Senate Candidate Calls For McCarthy's Resignation

Tio Hardiman and a group of west side ministers called an 11 a.m. press conference outside Chicago Police Headquarters. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

It's official: Tio Hardiman will challenge Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate. The Chicago Democrat and former Illinois gubernatorial candidate made his announcement Tuesday afternoon, calling Republican Sen. Kirk... Read »

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Tio Hardiman, Ex-Candidate for Illinois Governor, Teases a U.S. Senate Run

Tio Hardiman, Ex-Candidate for Illinois Governor, Teases a U.S. Senate Run

The anti-violence activist tweets a photo of himself running to "get in shape" for another possible senatorial bid. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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By Carol Marin

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Even though incumbent Pat Quinn easily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday nights election results in some downstate counties show some troubling spots as he seeks his second full term. Read »

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 7:02 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Why Won't Quinn Debate?

The lone primary challenger to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman, won't get a chance to debate his opponent anytime before the March 18 primary. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Hardiman Campaign Suffers Blow in Mixed Residency Ruling

Hardiman Campaign Suffers Blow in Mixed Residency Ruling

For an long-shot campaign for governor like the one Tio Hardiman is waging in the upcoming March Democratic primary, everything has to go right to even have a chance. Read »

Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Hardiman Campaign Hinges on Running Mate Ruling

Hardiman Campaign Hinges on Running Mate Ruling

Hardiman's campaign awaits ruling that could ultimately jeopardize his ability to stay on the ballot in the March primary for governor. Read »

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM
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Tio Hardiman Announces Run for Governor

Tio Hardiman has thrown his name into the mix in the running for lllinois governor. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Alexandria Fisher

Governor's Race Heats Up

The race for Illinois governor continues to take shape as potential candidates roll in, or out. Read »

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

FOP Not Thrilled With CeaseFire, CPD Deal

Money would be better spent hiring policemen and teachers, says Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

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Bruce Rauner

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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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Barack Obama

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