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Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Toni Preckwinkle Rules Out Run for Chicago Mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has decided not to run against Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers

Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers

There’s no doubt Mr. Emanuel needs to find some kind of silver lining concerning his re-election chances today. Read »

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

GOP Drops Out of Cook County Elections in Bid to Boost Rauner

GOP Drops Out of Cook County Elections in Bid to Boost Rauner

Let the Democrats win. Sounds counterintuitive, but that's the apparent strategy the GOP is employing in several key Cook County races this election cycle. Read »

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Dick Durbin Bashes Karl Rove at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Opinion: Dick Durbin Bashes Karl Rove at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Chicago has Hillary Clinton fever -- at least for the month of June. The first of a series of Hillary-centric, early-summer events kicked off here Thursday night with two back-to-back fundraisers for the beloved... Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Toni Preckwinkle on Running for Mayor: 'I'm Not Looking for My Next Job'

Toni Preckwinkle on Running for Mayor: 'I'm Not Looking for My Next Job'

With Mayor Rahm Emanuel up for re-election next year, City Hall has been buzzing about a possible challenge from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Despite all the build-up, Preckwinkle remains... Read »

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Advisor Apologizes for 'Inappropriate' Email to the Tribune

Emanuel Advisor Apologizes for 'Inappropriate' Email to the Tribune

The thing about emails is that they live forever -- and can come back to bite you in the rear. Such was the case Wednesday when John Kupper, a top advisor to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, fired off a message to Chicago... Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Preckwinkle Balks When Asked About Rahm Relationship

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle isn't going out of her way to praise her fellow Democrat, Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Toni Preckwinkle 'Optimistic' About Cook County Pension Deal

Toni Preckwinkle 'Optimistic' About Cook County Pension Deal

A spokesperson for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she's "still optimistic" about getting a pension deal passed in Springfield this month, Crain's Chicago Business reports. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he'll continue to make the difficult (and unpopular) choices needed to improve Chicago, declaring: "I didn't say change would be easy." 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.

Ed Burke

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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