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Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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By Darlene Superville

First Lady Outlines Priorities In Vogue

First Lady Outlines Priorities In Vogue

Michelle Obama is pushing back against the notion that she and President Barack Obama don't socialize enough in Washington. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

First Lady Announces Effort To Help Kids Exercise

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Chicago to make an announcement about physical education in schools. Read »

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

More than 500 teens are expected to submit their proposals and brainstorm with Chicago officials Saturday afternoon, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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By Lisa Balde

First Lady Invites Pendleton's Mother To SOTU

First Lady Invites Pendleton's Mother To SOTU

The mother of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday night's State of the Union, White House aides told NBC News Monday. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago Friday to talk about strengthening the U.S. economy as well as city gun violence. Read »

Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

First Lady To Attend Hadiya Pendleton Funeral

First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Chicago on Saturday and attend the funeral of a 15-year-old girl gunned down last week in Chicago, the White House confirmed Friday. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Walsh Criticizes First Lady For Attending Funeral

Joe Walsh Criticizes First Lady For Attending Funeral

If you stop reading and commenting on Joe Walsh's latest outrageous statement, we'll stop writing about him, and he'll disappear into the obscurity he deserves. Read »

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 7:45 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Michelle Obama Debuts New Haircut On Twitter

Michelle Obama Debuts New Haircut On Twitter

New term, new Twitter, new do. First Lady Michelle Obama, whose fashion choices are often written about and acclaimed, stepped up her style Wednesday without a wardrobe makeover. She took to her new Twitter... Read »

Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Jason Wu Launches New Collection For Nordstrom

Jason Wu Launches New Collection For Nordstrom

The designer whose fans include First Lady Michelle Obama launched a new women's collection this week at 49 Nordstrom locations across the country, include Obama's hometown. Read »

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Michelle Obama for Senate? PPP Says Yes

Michelle Obama for Senate? PPP Says Yes

It’s only hypothetical this point, but a survey done by Public Policy Polling gives Mrs. Obama the lead over Sen. Mark Kirk 51 to 40 percent, should she choose to challenge Kirk in 2016 for an Illinois senate... 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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