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The original 'smoke-filled room'
Aug. 27, 2012
How party leaders picked the next President of the United States — in a suite at the Blackstone Hotel.
How did America get so politically polarized? E.J. Dionne says to blame the founders.
Aug. 25, 2012
The Washington Post’s
left-leaning columnist E.J. Dionne says America’s division into liberal and conservative factions dates back to our very founding.
Bull Moose Party stampedes in Chicago
Aug. 6, 2012
Before an ecstatic crowd of 15,000 people at the Chicago Coliseum, Col. Theodore Roosevelt declared himself a candidate for President of the United States — 100 years ago today.
Jul. 25, 2012
: Politics at the Olympics and farro music from Brazil.
Plaque to the future
Jul. 17, 2012
What can a bronze rectangle tell us about mayors like Jane Byrne, Bill Thompson and Anton Cermak? Historian John Schmidt reads plaques and he's not afraid to admit it.
The Great and Sovereign State of Chicago
Jun. 26, 2012
On this June 26th in 1925, Chicagoans were talking secession. Maybe it was time the city broke off from the rest of Illinois and formed a new state.
Presidential candidates vie for key voting blocs
Jun. 25, 2012
With less than five months to go, the presidential campaigns are focused on capturing the voting blocs that can help tip the scales in their favor come November.
A Chicago mayor cleans house
Jun. 18, 2012
When Long John Wentworth was elected mayor in the spring of 1857, he pledged to clean up the city. Today that would mean an attack on political corruption. In Long John’s time, he meant a
clean up: Chicago looked like a junkyard.
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