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Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Pot Prosecution Drains the System

Why Pot Prosecution Drains the System

Fourteen states have changed the punishment for marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. Yet possession cases keep clogging up Illinois courtrooms. Read »

Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:48 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley, Tim Novak
      

Koschman Death Needs New Look: Alvarez

Cook County State's Attorney calls for independent investigation into homicide involving mayor's nephew. Read »

Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Signs Organized Retail Theft Bill

Quinn Signs Organized Retail Theft Bill

Illinois has lost out on $77 million in taxes because of thefts, says Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Alvarez, Preckwinkle Battle Over Budget Cuts

Alvarez, Preckwinkle Battle Over Budget Cuts

County Board President accuses State's Attorney of reneging on deal. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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