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Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Obama Addresses Ft. Hood Shootings From Chicago

President Barack Obama comes home to attend Democratic fundraising events. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM
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By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar Award for Tax Strategy

Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar Award for Tax Strategy

Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 6:05 AM
Raw: Chicago Teachers Union Asked to Leave Rahm Event

Raw: Chicago Teachers Union Asked to Leave Rahm Event

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel floats a new pension deal, representatives tried to attend an Emanuel event Tuesday morning but were asked to leave. Watch »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM
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By Jason Keyser

Report: Madigan Influenced Chicago Transit Hiring

Report: Madigan Influenced Chicago Transit Hiring

A task force asked to scrutinize metropolitan Chicago's transit agencies said it found evidence that House Speaker Michael Madigan directed Metra to hire and promote certain candidates, contributing to an... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Initiative Aims to Expand Pre-K Vocabulary

City of Chicago announces partnership with PNC Financial Group to raise awareness with parents about the need to talk to their children early and teaches them techniques to expand their child's vocabulary. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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By Associated Press

Bill Would Let Drivers "Sign and Go" for Speeding

Bill Would Let Drivers

Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Springfield would allow drivers to keep their licenses in hand after getting speeding tickets. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Task Force Recommends Merging RTA, CTA and Metra Boards

Task Force Recommends Merging RTA, CTA and Metra Boards

In releasing the recommendations, Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force co-chairman George Ranney said the RTA "has got to go." Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Senator Says Caterpillar Avoided Billions in Taxes

Senator Says Caterpillar Avoided Billions in Taxes

Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to a report released by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

City Pension Deal Increases Property Taxes

Homeowners will pay more in property taxes and some city employees will see their retirement benefits cut under a pension reform plan reportedly unveiled Monday evening. 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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