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Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Obama Addresses Ft. Hood Shootings From Chicago

President Barack Obama comes home to attend Democratic fundraising events. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. Read »

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 5:50 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

A new website contains a list of and information about the properties that were vacated and allows a way for members of the public and community groups to submit their suggestions. Read »

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
 

Rauner Sends Quinnocchio to Governor's Events

The GOP candidate for Governor has sent a character named Quinnocchio to Quinn's Thursday press conference at Linne Elementary School. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Honolulu Mayor May Seek Joint Obama Library Bid

Honolulu Mayor May Seek Joint Obama Library Bid

With the competition for the Obama presidential library and museum moving forward, there has been some speculation that Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell may be looking at a collaboration with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM
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By Associated Press

Obama Says US to Host Next Nuclear Summit in 2016

Obama Says US to Host Next Nuclear Summit in 2016

President Barack Obama says world leaders will convene in the United States in 2016 for the next Nuclear Security Summit. Read »

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By By Carol Marin & Don Moseley
      

Nanci Koschman Sues Police Over Civil Rights Violation

Saying officers of the Chicago Police Department fabricated evidence and covered up facts in order to protect “the entire Daley dynasty,” attorneys for Nanci Koschman filed a civil rights lawsuit in Federal... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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By Carol Marin

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Even though incumbent Pat Quinn easily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday nights election results in some downstate counties show some troubling spots as he seeks his second full term. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Will Guzzardi Wins 39th District, Bests Berrios

Guzzardi, a Brown University graduate, lives in Logan Square and works in the college admissions office at the University of Chicago. He's told several publications that the name recognition he's gained from the... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Report: Farnham to Resign State Rep Post

Report: Farnham to Resign State Rep Post

Agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the search of Farnham’s office on Division Street in Elgin. A spokesman for the agency would not elaborate on the search, saying only that it was... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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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