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Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Commissioners Divided on Detainer Ordinance

Board members voted Wednesday to hold a hearing on proposed changes to the way the county deals with federal "detainers" on illegal immigrants held in the County Jail. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Preckwinkle Blasted for Ignoring ICE Laws

Preckwinkle Blasted for Ignoring ICE Laws

The Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has written Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, blasting the County’s decision to ignore immigration detainers at Cook County Jail, warning her that... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Call for Cooperation Between County, ICE Renewed

More than 100 criminal suspects have been released back into the community without notifications to immigration officials since Cook County Board voted last fall to defy federal orders. Read »

Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Toni to Feds: Pay for Immigration Arrests

Toni to Feds: Pay for Immigration Arrests

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle doesn't want to deal with the "unfunded mandate" of immigration detainers anymore. And she wants the feds to pay. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Mark Kirk Shows You How to be Passive-Aggressive While Remaining Relatively Unknown

Mark Kirk Shows You How to be Passive-Aggressive While Remaining Relatively Unknown
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Pundits says Giannoulias is sunk. What do they know of this Kirk guy? 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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