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Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Dick Durbin Makes Putin's Enemies List

Dick Durbin Makes Putin's Enemies List

President Barack Obama released a sanctions list Monday that includes seven Russian and four Ukranian officials from holding assets or traveling to the United States. Putin's list is considered a direct... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Chicago Debuts Electronic Polling Book

Veteran Chicago voters headed to the polls Tuesday won't see staffers scouring those massive books for confirmation of registration. Read »

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 6:53 PM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Named "Earth Hour" Capital of U.S. for 2014

Chicago Named

Chicago has been named the 2014 Earth Hour capital of the United States by the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour City Challenge. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Can Robert Shaw Beat Rahm Emanuel in 2015?

Not only will Shaw and Enyia face off against a powerful politician with ties to the White House and Chicago's power elite, they'll also face his $6.2 million campaign war chest. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

10 Things President Rahm Would Bring to White House

10 Things President Rahm Would Bring to White House

Emanuel denies he's interested in higher office everytime he's asked. We've written in the past about why Emanuel will never assume the presidency, but what the heck. In the paraphrased words of Emanuel... Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM
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By Colleen Connolly
      

Emanuel Orders Pothole "Strike Teams"

Teams from the Department of Transportation have been formed to fill the potholes on arterial streets every Monday and Friday. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Rahm Says Soldier Field Expansion Needs to 'Make Sense'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cautioning people not to get ahead of themselves when it comes to the expansion of Soldier Field. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Burke notes in his press release "it is my hope that if we take the first step of urging an airline embargo that other major cities across the nation, such as New York and Los Angeles, will follow suit." Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions

Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions

As Chicago's credit rating goes down, the city will have to pay higher interest rates. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Rahm Explores Adding 5,000 Seats to Soldier Field

Rahm Explores Adding 5,000 Seats to Soldier Field

Snagging a ticket to a Bears game could get a little easier in the future. 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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