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Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

A number of prominent members of the Illinois Congressional delegation and a Chicago alderman are headed to Washington, D.C. to attend President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Congressional Races Will Be Competitive In 2014

Why Congressional Races Will Be Competitive In 2014

Despite House Speaker Michael Madigan's efforts to wire the state for the Democrats, Illinois will have three of the most competitive congressional races in the nation next year. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Meet Illinois' New Members of Congress

Meet Illinois' New Members of Congress

Seven Illinois congressional seats will change hands this year, an extraordinarily high turnover. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz & Marcus Riley
      

Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up In Illinois

Several state races for the House and Senate reached national status thanks to the talkers Illinois politics has become known for: scandal and controversy. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:15 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Schneider Beats Incumbent Dold for 10th District

Schneider Beats Incumbent Dold for 10th District

Democratic challenger Brad Schneider beat out incumbent Congressman Robert "Bob" Dold for the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford less than impressed by the move, but candidates embrace president's endorsement. Read »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Duckworth Stands with Dem Candidates on Ryan Budget

Duckworth Stands with Dem Candidates on Ryan Budget

Tammy Duckworth joined two other Democratic candidates Thursday to call out their opponents on what they call a failed House GOP budget that would end Medicare and give tax breaks to the rich. Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Brad Schneider

Brad Schneider

Brad Schneider is running for the Democratic Party Candidate for the 10th Congressional District. 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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