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By Marcus Riley

Rauner Cancels Event Over Obama Critic

Rauner Cancels Event Over Obama Critic

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner isn't attending a Republican dinner in Moline because he says he disagrees with past statements from a pastor asked to speak at the event. Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike: Got a Less Painful Proposal?

Rahm Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike: Got a Less Painful Proposal?

Chicago aldermen are scrambling for less agonizing alternatives to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to raise property taxes by $250 million in order to cushion two underfunded pensions for city employees. Adding to... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel: CPS Students "On Track" to 82 Percent Graduate Rate

Emanuel: CPS Students

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that Chicago Public Schools are on the way to achieving a graduation rate of 82 percent, a 25 percent jump from 2007. Citing research from the University of Chicago... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Closer to Passage

Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Closer to Passage

The ordinance, sponsored by Alderman Joe Moreno (1st), passed a committee Thursday and will go before the full city council next week. Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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By Lisa Balde

CPS To Name New High School For Obama

CPS To Name New High School For Obama

President Barack Obama is getting a namesake high school in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced plans Thursday to build the Barack Obama College Preparatory... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner's Robo-Calls Could Come Back to Haunt Him

Bruce Rauner's Robo-Calls Could Come Back to Haunt Him

A lot of folks fear the wrath of famously combative Mayor Rahm Emanuel -- that's well known -- but one of them is not Gov. Pat Quinn's Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner. That could come back to haunt him. Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Bill Daley's New Hedge Fund Gig Surprises No One

Why Bill Daley's New Hedge Fund Gig Surprises No One

After flirting with a run for Illinois governor, Bill Daley -- brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley -- has announced a new gig at the new hedge fund Argentiere Capital. Surprise? Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 5:30 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Dodges Question on "Morning Joe"

Quinn Dodges Question on

Will Gov. Pat Quinn tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about his real relationship with Chicago's mayor? Not on live television. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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By Associated Press

Ex-Aide to Cook County Board Head Gets 6 1/2 Years

Ex-Aide to Cook County Board Head Gets 6 1/2 Years

A former top aide to Cook County's former board president has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for stealing more than $300,000 in taxpayer money and money laundering. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Debate over President Barack Obama's presidential library and museum is getting hotter by the millisecond -- or so it seems -- as Illinois politicians, media pundits and the voting public weigh in on whether... 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.
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