Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Stephen "Steve" James Waterworth

Stephen

Steve Waterworth is the Democratic Party Candidate for the 18th Congressional District Read »

Thursday, Aug 2, 2012 at 7:27 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Lawmakers Fight Olympic Medal Tax

Lawmakers Fight Olympic Medal Tax

Should United States Olympic medalists have to pay taxes on their awards? A current law mandates it and two Republican lawmakers want to change it. Read »

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Schock Ties Obama, Axelrod To Blago

Schock Ties Obama, Axelrod To Blago

Campaigning for Mitt Romney in Clinton, Iowa, the Peoria metrosexual fires a salvo across the Mississippi River. Read »

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Needs a Rural, Metrosexual Governor

Illinois Needs a Rural, Metrosexual Governor

Aaron Schock is said to be considering a run for governor. Who better to bridge the divide between Chicago and Downstate than a metrosexual from Peoria? Read »

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Next, Next Senator from Illinois: Aaron Schock

The Next, Next Senator from Illinois: Aaron Schock

If Alexi Giannoulias wins, you can bet Aaron Schock will be eyeing his seat. Read »

Thursday, Aug 5, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Illinois Republicans Don't Need to Court the Hard Right

Why Illinois Republicans Don't Need to Court the Hard Right

Do Aaron Schock, Bill Brady and Mark Kirk need help from Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart? Read »

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Shocker: Obama's $30K Party is "Out of Touch", Says Rep. Aaron

Obama's stimulus "wasn't the stimulus my constituents were hoping for." 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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