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Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Hillary, Christie To Headline Meeting in Chicago

Hillary, Christie To Headline Meeting in Chicago

It's on, Chicago. Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are headlining former President Bill Clinton's annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting June 13-14 in Chicago. Read »

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Best Bets For 2016

Opinion: Best Bets For 2016

It's never too early to start betting on the presidential election. You get the best odds before the field narrows. Read »

Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Childhood Friend Marvels at Hillary Clinton

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a standing room only ovation on her last day at the State Department on Friday, her close friends in Chicago were marveling at all she’s accomplished. Read »

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Quinn Plans Trade Mission To Brazil

Quinn Plans Trade Mission To Brazil

Gov. Pat Quinn is planning a trade mission to Brazil this year, saying there's "tremendous opportunity" for Illinois in South America. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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