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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Dillard: 'I Will Be Able to Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel No'

Dubbed one of the most powerful men in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t the easiest man to say no to. 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, Feb 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Brady Latest to Claim Race Between Him and Rauner

Brady Latest to Claim Race Between Him and Rauner

These days, everybody wants somebody else to get out of the GOP primary race for governor. Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Report Investigating Rutherford Allegations Cost $27K

Report Investigating Rutherford Allegations Cost $27K

The report that State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a GOP candidate for governor, ordered after an employee voiced allegations of misconduct by Rutherford cost taxpayers more than $27,000. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rutherford Not Leaving Race Despite Ad Pull

Rutherford Not Leaving Race Despite Ad Pull

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a GOP candidate for Illinois governor, has pulled his TV ads, but his spokesman insists he’s not leaving the race. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern

Teacher's Union Endorses Kirk Dillard

Teacher's Union Endorses Kirk Dillard

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard received a big endorsement Friday, with the Illinois Education Association throwing its support behind the state senator. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Meet Your New Republican Candidate for Governor

Opinion: Meet Your New Republican Candidate for Governor

Meet your new Republican candidate for Illinois governor, ready to take on Pat Quinn: Bruce Rauner. Read »

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Rutherford Declines to Release Results of Internal Report

Rutherford Declines to Release Results of Internal Report

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has decided to not release the results of an internal investigation related to allegations made by a former employee. Read »

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rutherford Responds to Sexual Harassment Suit

A former employee of Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford filed a civil lawsuit Monday against the GOP candidate for governor, alleging sexual harassment, but Rutherford says the claims are absolutely false. Read »

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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By Associated Press

Brady Sorry For "Insensitive" Jobless Remark

Brady Sorry For

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was "insensitive" when he said out-of-work people don't want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits. 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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