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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Hung Blago! We Called It

Hung Blago! We Called It

Ward Room never thought the government had a strong case against Blagojevich. Now, we hope they'll forgo a rematch. Read »

Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:18 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Bret Michaels Wouldn't Have Won Without Rod Blagojevich

Bret Michaels Wouldn't Have Won Without Rod Blagojevich
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Why Blago refused to throw the Poison frontman under the bus -- and helped him win. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 at 10:42 AM
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By Phil Rogers

In Rod Dusty Trusted

In Rod Dusty Trusted
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Feds say the former Cubs manager was pulled into Blago's corruption world. Read »

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

Pol Position: In Which Alexi's Negatives are a Plus

Pol Position: In Which Alexi's Negatives are a Plus

Giannoulias included in corrupt dem conversation, Gutierrez faces eviction and Munoz has trouble setting up a party. Read »

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 9:24 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Pol Position: In Which We Humor a Balloon-Obsessed Freakazoid

Pol Position: In Which We Humor a Balloon-Obsessed Freakazoid

Lipinski stands alone, Blago looooves balloons, Clinton created Rahm, more. 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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