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Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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By Darlene Superville

Obama Deepens Economic Focus, Challenges Opponents

Obama Deepens Economic Focus, Challenges Opponents

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Washington has "taken its eye off the ball" as he pledged a stronger second-term commitment to tackling the economic woes that strain many in the middle class nearly... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Does Not Have A "Stand Your Ground" Law

Illinois Does Not Have A

A conservative website claims then-State Sen. Barack Obama co-sponsored a bill to strengthen Illinois's "stand your ground" law in 2004. But our self-defense law is narrower than Florida's. Read »

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Barack Obama and Racial Profiling

Barack Obama and Racial Profiling

Years before the issue came up in the Trayvon Martin case, Obama was fighting against racial profiling as an Illinois state senator. Read »

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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By Associated Press

1963 Loyola Championship Team Goes to White House

1963 Loyola Championship Team Goes to White House

Members of Loyola's 1963 national championship basketball team are heading to Washington to meet with President Barack Obama. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Obama Used In Pro-Gay Marriage Radio Ad

Obama Used In Pro-Gay Marriage Radio Ad

As the fight for black legislators' votes continues, gay marriage advocates use a sound bite from the president. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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By Lisa Balde

City Seeks To Acquire Rezko Land in South Loop

City Seeks To Acquire Rezko Land in South Loop

Chicago wants a piece of land formerly owned by convicted Illinois fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko. The city is making moves to acquire a 63-acre lot once co-owned by Rezko, giving the city the right to buy... Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Contenders Line Up to Lure Obama's Library

Contenders Line Up to Lure Obama's Library

Hawaii, Chicago South Side communities seek presidential library and museum. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Pritzker Takes Oath as Commerce Secretary

Billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker was sworn in Wednesday as the nation's new commerce secretary, one day after being confirmed by the United States Senate. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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By Associated Press

Rev. Jackson Calls Voting Rights Ruling 'Devastating'

Rev. Jackson Calls Voting Rights Ruling 'Devastating'

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the landmark Voting Rights Act is a "devastating blow." The longtime civil rights leader and former presidential candidate... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Obama Avoids Hockey Trash Talk In Boston

Obama Avoids Hockey Trash Talk In Boston

President smartly stays away from subject while stumping for Massachusetts candidate. 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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