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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner's Robo-Calls Could Come Back to Haunt Him

Bruce Rauner's Robo-Calls Could Come Back to Haunt Him

A lot of folks fear the wrath of famously combative Mayor Rahm Emanuel -- that's well known -- but one of them is not Gov. Pat Quinn's Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner. That could come back to haunt him. Read »

2 hours ago
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By Erin Carlson

Why Bill Daley's New Hedge Fund Gig Surprises No One

Why Bill Daley's New Hedge Fund Gig Surprises No One

After flirting with a run for Illinois governor, Bill Daley -- brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley -- has announced a new gig at the new hedge fund Argentiere Capital. Surprise? Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 5:30 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Dodges Question on "Morning Joe"

Quinn Dodges Question on

Will Gov. Pat Quinn tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about his real relationship with Chicago's mayor? Not on live television. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Debate over President Barack Obama's presidential library and museum is getting hotter by the millisecond -- or so it seems -- as Illinois politicians, media pundits and the voting public weigh in on whether... Read »

3 hours ago
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By Alexandria Fisher

One Million Divvy Trips Taken in Chicago

One Million Divvy Trips Taken in Chicago

Looks like Chicagoans are Divvying up. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Chicago Officials React to Violent Easter Weekend

Chicago's second warm weekend of the season was marked with violence: Nine people were killed and at least 35 were injured in a series of mostly gang-related incidents. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM
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By Colleen Connolly
      

Mayor Assembles Task Force for George Lucas Museum

The 12-member team is searching for the best potential location for the museum. 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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