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Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Capitol Renovation Includes $670K for Doorways

Capitol Renovation Includes $670K for Doorways

Illinois officials said Wednesday that three sets of copper-plated wooden doorways being installed at the Illinois Capitol cost the state $669,608, and that more of such doors could be installed in the years to... Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM
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By The Associated Press

Madigan Pension Fix Would Save Less Than Estimated

Madigan Pension Fix Would Save Less Than Estimated

The estimated savings on a pension proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan earlier this year is nearly $25 billion less than originally thought. Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Madigan Set To Become Longest-Serving State House Speaker

Madigan Set To Become Longest-Serving State House Speaker

Next year, he will break the 29-year record held by Georgia's Thomas Bailey Murphy. Read »

Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Dems Pick Dick Mell Aide to Succeed His Daughter

Dems Pick Dick Mell Aide to Succeed His Daughter

Jaime Andrade, a top aide to former Chicago Ald. Richard Mell, was selected by Democratic leaders on Monday to suceed Mell's daughter in the Illinois House Read »

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Last year’s Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield wasn’t the best day for Governor Pat Quinn, but this year he’s moving to make sure some of last year’s woes don’t repeat. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Sara Burnett
      

Judge Sets September Arguments in Lawmaker Pay Suit

The showdown over Illinois lawmakers' paychecks comes to a head Tuesday in court. Gov. Pat Quinn used his line-item veto last month to suspend lawmakers' pay after he said they missed his deadline to produce... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Congressional Races Will Be Competitive In 2014

Why Congressional Races Will Be Competitive In 2014

Despite House Speaker Michael Madigan's efforts to wire the state for the Democrats, Illinois will have three of the most competitive congressional races in the nation next year. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Illinois Speaker Sues Governor Over Paycheck

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn, alleging the veto power he used earlier this month to suspend lawmakers' pay was... Read »

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Ethics Panel To Investigate Madigan's Metra Role

House Speaker Michael Madigan's request to be investigated by the Legislative Ethics Commission is being granted. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 6:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Progressive Taxation Will Be Top Issue in 2014

Opinion: Progressive Taxation Will Be Top Issue in 2014

Democrats plan to push a constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax. They have support from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. 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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