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Kirk Expresses Doubts About Iran Deal

Kirk Expresses Doubts About Iran Deal

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has added his voice to those voicing skepticism Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal. Read »

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Illinois to Mark Veterans Day With Ceremonies

Illinois to Mark Veterans Day With Ceremonies

In Chicago, four-star Gen. Robert Cone will speak at the city's Veterans' Day ceremony. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Durbin, Kirk Disagree on Marijuana

Durbin, Kirk Disagree on Marijuana

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk don’t agree on marijuana. Read »

Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM
      

Kirk Working to Improve Care for Stroke Patients

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is pressing his agenda of improving care for stroke patients. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Finger-pointing Erupts Over Jim Oberweis' Next Defeat

Finger-pointing Erupts Over Jim Oberweis' Next Defeat

How many times, I wondered, had Republican Oberweis run for office and lost before today? Read »

Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Too Many Unanswered Questions About Illiana Expressway

Opinion: Too Many Unanswered Questions About Illiana Expressway

It’s difficult to understand politicians lining up for a project that is unproven at best and disastrous at worst. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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By Emily Florez and Alexandria Fisher
      

Officials: Chicago Area Won't Feel Short-Term Shutdown

The Chicago area may not feel the effects of a short-term federal government shutdown, but if the bitter battle lasts a few weeks, many will be forced to take notice, officials said. Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Committee Unanimously Approves Fardon For US Attorney

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next chief federal prosecutor in Chicago. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 7:38 AM
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By Kerry Lester

Kirk Pen Pals With Young Illinois Stroke Victim

Kirk Pen Pals With Young Illinois Stroke Victim

After his stroke last year, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk became pen pals with an 11-year-old boy who told the Illinois Republican about his own recovery from a stroke and encouraged the senator not to give up on... Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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By The Associated Press
      

Kirk, Rush Tour Englewood, Vow to Fix Neighborhood

As the two lawmakers toured south side community, a 23-year-old man was wounded by gunfire near a school. 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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