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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 »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off In Forum

Two weeks, to the day, before the Illinois Primary, the 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidates will participate in a forum cosponsored by NBC 5 Chicago and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Woman Heckles Mayor at City Birthday Celebration

Chicago's mayor was at an event to celebrate the city's 177th birthday but one spectator wanted to talk about schools and children. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: City Council “Clout Meter” Misguided at Best

Opinion: City Council “Clout Meter” Misguided at Best

In Chicago’s City Council, is Deb Mell really more powerful than, say, Ameya Pawar? Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Rauner Serves Jury Duty

Rauner was summoned to jury duty Tuesday morning at Cook County's Richard J. Daley Center Courthouse. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Even at $6 Million, Rauner Has a Way To Go To Break Real Record

Even at $6 Million, Rauner Has a Way To Go To Break Real Record

Did you know that in 2010, former eBay founder Meg Whitman spent $144 million of her own money in a failed bid to become governor of California? Read »

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Civic Federation Releases Plan to Balance State Budget

Civic Federation Releases Plan to Balance State Budget

Saying the state needs a “comprehensive plan for achieving long-term fiscal sustainability,” the Civic Federation released a new report that it says is a path to a balanced budget in Illinois. Read »

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

No Love for Eliot Ness in Chicago City Council

No Love for Eliot Ness in Chicago City Council

Hollywood may love Eliot Ness and his crime-busting ways. But that doesn't mean Chicago has to. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Admits Cops "Slow" in Reacting to Gang-Related Homicides

Rahm Admits Cops

In a rare admission of error, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly acknowledged Thursday that the Chicago Police Department was "slow to react" to the breakdown of street gangs that led to a spike in... Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Hey, Chicago Politicians—Want to Get Close to Rahm? Take the Plunge

Hey, Chicago Politicians—Want to Get Close to Rahm? Take the Plunge

In Chicago, a few minutes with the Mayor--even in freezing Lake Michigan--is a rare commodity. 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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