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Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: City Income Tax Will Never Happen

Opinion: City Income Tax Will Never Happen

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is proposing a city income tax -- but the sponsors of a constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax want to prohibit it. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: CTU President Attacks Illinois' Unequal Tax System

Opinion: CTU President Attacks Illinois' Unequal Tax System

Amid her cries of racism, Lewis made important points about a tax system that hits the poor harder than the rich, and gives them back less. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Legislators Should Donate Per Diem Money

Opinion: Legislators Should Donate Per Diem Money

State Sen. Gary Forby is doing it. Is your senator? Read »

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Emanuel Not A Politician, Just Doing It For The Children

Opinion: Emanuel Not A Politician, Just Doing It For The Children

"If others want to focus on politics, they have every right to," says man who has raised $1.9 million for his re-election campaign. Read »

Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: GOP's "I Love The '80s"

Opinion: GOP's

Margaret Thatcher's death reminds us that conservatism's heyday is 30 years in the past. Maybe that will finally get through to Republicans, who have an incurable case of '80s nostalgia. Read »

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Run, Toni, Run!

Opinion: Run, Toni, Run!

Why Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle should run for mayor. Read »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Who Needs Assault Weapons, When We Have Hammers?

Opinion: Who Needs Assault Weapons, When We Have Hammers?

Gun rights advocates say that hammers kill more people than assault rifles. Then they insist they need assault rifles to protect themselves. From carpenters? Read »

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why Elites Don't Think CPS Is Important To City's Future

Opinion: Why Elites Don't Think CPS Is Important To City's Future

The people who run Chicago weren't educated in the public schools, and don't expect them to produce the global citizens who keep the city competitive. So why spend money there? Read »

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: If Gay Marriage Is Too Controversial, You're Too Old

Opinion: If Gay Marriage Is Too Controversial, You're Too Old

The average age of a Supreme Court justice is 69; of an Illinois state representative 51. Those demographic groups don't favor gay marriage. Read »

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Iowa Rep. Says All Liberals Should Move to Detroit, Chicago

Opinion: Iowa Rep. Says All Liberals Should Move to Detroit, Chicago

Crabby old right-winger Steve King wants liberals off his lawn, out of his country. 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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