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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

POLL: Michael Madigan Less Popular than Gov. Quinn

POLL: Michael Madigan Less Popular than Gov. Quinn

A new poll from Capitol Fax's Rich Miller and We Ask America pegs Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan with an unfavorable rating of 65 percent, placing him a 10 points of negativity above Gov. Pat Quinn, who... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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By Associated Press

Madigan Re-Elected to Lead Illinois Democratic Party

Madigan Re-Elected to Lead Illinois Democratic Party

House Speaker Michael Madigan has been elected to his fifth term as chairman of the Illinois Democratic party. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:37 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley
      

Quigley in Ukraine: Political Climate 'Very Dangerous Situation'

Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley today called the ever changing political and military climate in Ukraine “ a very dangerous situation where (a) certain type of provocation could start a major war.” Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Democrats Eye Chicago, 14 Other Cities for 2016 Convention

Democrats Eye Chicago, 14 Other Cities for 2016 Convention

Chicago has a shot at hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Read »

2 hours ago
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By Ward Room Staff
      

CTA Uses Cameras, Lawsuits to Catch Vandals

The Chicago Transit Authority is cracking down on vandalism and its using an expanded security camera network to do it. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:18 AM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Governor Releases Tax Returns

Illinois Governor Releases Tax Returns

Handwritten returns released Monday show he made a salary of $161,962 and a taxable refund of $1,508. Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rand Paul Comes for the Education, Will he Stay for the Cash?

Rand Paul Comes for the Education, Will he Stay for the Cash?

All told, if Paul wants to court big-pocketed donors for a possible presidential run in 2016, he’s got no choice but to spend time schmoozing in the Windy City. The Democratic city is home to some of the... Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Chicago Officials React to Violent Easter Weekend

Chicago's second warm weekend of the season was marked with violence: Nine people were killed and at least 35 were injured in a series of mostly gang-related incidents. 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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .
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