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Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn, Rauner Square Off on Friday

Quinn, Rauner Square Off on Friday

It's not a debate, but the two men have agreed to sit down together and answer questions in front of more than 1,200 teachers about their policy proposals. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits

Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits

GOP Candidate Bruce Rauner wants question put to voters in November. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 5:56 AM
      

State Lawmakers Pass Chicago Pension Overhaul

The state Legislature has approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for overhauling two Chicago pension programs, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois House OKs Chicago Pension Overhaul

Illinois House OKs Chicago Pension Overhaul

The Illinois House has approved a plan to overhaul two Chicago pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Second City Sends Pothole Message to Rahm Emanuel

Second City comedians have a message for Mayor Rahm Emanuel about Chicago's potholes—“Thank you.” Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Former Daley Staffer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Fraud

Former Daley Staffer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Fraud

Gene Lee, an aide to Daley for years and a leader of Chicago’s Chinatown community, admitted he took at least $5,000 from a charity, spent it on himself, then failed to pay taxes on it. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:50 PM
Tourism Trade Show Designed To Sell Chicago

Tourism Trade Show Designed To Sell Chicago

Chicago makes a pitch to the world. On Monday, the city opened a three- day travel trade show at McCormick Place hoping to attract tourists from overseas. NBC 5's Mary Anne Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By associated press

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Language imposing a property tax hike for Chicagoans has been removed from legislation overhauling two city pension funds. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Chicago to Add 20 More Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

Chicago to Add 20 More Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

The additional bike lanes are part of the mayor's plan to install 100 miles of protected bike lanes by 2015. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

IG Audit Finds Chicago Police Underreported Assaults

A new report from Chicago's Inspector General claims "significant" reporting errors led to city police undercounting some assault-related crimes in 2012. 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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