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Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama to Visit Wisconsin on Thursday

Obama to Visit Wisconsin on Thursday

President Barack Obama will visit southeastern Wisconsin on Thursday and deliver a speech on the economy, The White House confirmed Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Obama Seeks to Revive Agenda in State of Union

Obama Seeks to Revive Agenda in State of Union

Every presidency, it seems, hits a wall in the first year of a second term. Barack Obama is no exception. Read »

Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Emanuel Taps Two For New Posts

Emanuel Taps Two For New Posts

Mayor announces Maria Guerra Lapacek as new commissioner of the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, and Ken Bennett as Deputy Chief of Staff and the Director of the Mayor’s... Read »

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Commutes Drug Sentence of Rockford Man

Obama Commutes Drug Sentence of Rockford Man

Reynolds A. Wintersmith Jr., 39, was a teenager when he was sentenced in 1994 to life in prison for selling crack under then-mandatory sentencing guidelines. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Congressman Aaron Schock Reflects on Mandela Tribute

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock was among the tens of thousands of world leaders and celebrators gathered in South Africa Tuesday to honor the life of Nelson Mandela. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Rahm Supports Obama's Call For $10 Minimum Wage

Rahm Supports Obama's Call For $10 Minimum Wage

Emanuel released a statement Wednesday saying he "strongly supports" the measure. Read »

Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Sasha To Decide Obama Family's 2016 Move

Sasha To Decide Obama Family's 2016 Move

Inquiring Chicagoans want to know: Where will the Obama family live after the president's term ends? Read »

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rahm, Obama Slow Out of the Gate with Tornado Responses

Rahm, Obama Slow Out of the Gate with Tornado Responses

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared seven Illinois counties as disaster areas after massive storms killed six people. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

DNC Misunderstands How Illinois Elections Work

DNC Misunderstands How Illinois Elections Work

When it comes to Illinois, the Democratic National Committee doesn't seem to know when our next election is. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Obama Stays Loyal to White Sox During Boston Trip

Obama Stays Loyal to White Sox During Boston Trip

President Barack Obama visited Boston Wednesday, the same day the Red Sox will try to clinch a World Series title, but that didn't mean he was willing to change Sox. 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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