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White House Claims Durbin Post Caused by 'Miscommunication'

White House Claims Durbin Post Caused by 'Miscommunication'

A Facebook post by Sen. Dick Durbin alleging that a House Republican leader made a disrespectful comment toward President Barack Obama is causing a stir after some officials claim the incident never happened. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Shutdown Roundup: 5 Best Reads on What Just Happened

Shutdown Roundup: 5 Best Reads on What Just Happened

Here are five of the best reads from a spin around the internet about the government shutdown, Republican intransigence and where we are today. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

GOP: When in Doubt, Shoot the Messengers

GOP: When in Doubt, Shoot the Messengers

Republican figures are back to suggesting reality can’t be trusted. Read »

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Ditka Beating Obama? C’mon.

Ditka Beating Obama? C’mon.

In 2004, Obama was an up-and-coming political star and Iron Mike was a fading sports legend looking for something to do. Read »

Monday, Sep 2, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Durbin Cancels Meeting, Heads to D.C. for Syria Debate

Durbin Cancels Meeting, Heads to D.C. for Syria Debate

The No. 2 Senate Democrat was among the 15 members of Congress briefed last week in a call on the situation. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By Edward McClelland

D.C. Wants Olympics: Can It Succeed Where Chicago Failed?

D.C. Wants Olympics: Can It Succeed Where Chicago Failed?

Can the nation's capital avoid the humiliation that befell Chicago in '09? Read »

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Swingingest Counties in Illinois

The Swingingest Counties in Illinois

Will County and Knox County are Illinois's bellwethers. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Former NY Governor Takes Dig at Chicago Police

Former NY Governor Takes Dig at Chicago Police

Former New York Gov. George Pataki took a dig at Chicago's police department Tuesday while discussing New York City's stop-and-frisk policy that a judge rebuked as discriminatory. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Opinion: Obama Should Run For Senate In 2016

The president will only be 55 years old when he leaves the White House. He'll need a new job. So why not his old one? Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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By Edward McClelland

What's Next For Lisa Madigan?

What's Next For Lisa Madigan?

If the history of Illinois attorney generals is any guide, she's more likely to become a judge than to rise in politics. We'd love to see her replace Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. 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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