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Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Axelrod Bets 'Stache on Obama Wins

Axelrod Bets 'Stache on Obama Wins

Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist is confident the president will win the battleground states. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Axelrod Not Surprised by Tight Presidential Race

While Gov. Mitt Romney is even -- or ahead -- in national polls, the president clings to a very small lead in five battleground states. Obama 2012 Chief Campaign Strategist David Axelrod denies there's been any... Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Who Won Wednesday's Debate?

Who Won Wednesday's Debate?

Who won Wednesday night's debate? An informal poll of NBC 5 viewers voted 1,946 to 933 that Gov. Mitt Romney prevailed. They weren't the only ones. Read »

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM
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By Edward McClelland

When David Axelrod Had Hair. Long Hair.

When David Axelrod Had Hair. Long Hair.

A gallery of politicians' high school yearbook photos features a number of local politicians as teenagers. Sadly missing: Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Axelrod's Former Firms Still Benefit From His Clout

Opinion: Axelrod's Former Firms Still Benefit From His Clout

David Axelrod earned millions by selling his interest in his media and lobbying firms. The Sun-Times says they still benefit from his clout. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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By Carol Marin

GOP Hands Gifts to Axelrod, Dems

GOP Hands Gifts to Axelrod, Dems

Moderate Republicans, the kind who count in general elections but get shouted down in primaries, are worried. And they should be. Read »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Hecklers Bash Rahm at U of C Panel

"Mic Check ... Rahm Emanuel ..." they chanted as they disrupted the event. Read »

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 at 10:53 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Axelrod: Emanuel a Worthy Successor to Daley

Former White House senior adviser David Axelrod sat down to live interview at City Club of Chicago on Thursday. Read »

Friday, Feb 11, 2011 at 11:26 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Andrew Greiner
      

Does Oprah Support Rahm?

The queen of talks hints at her favorite in the race to lead Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Axelrod Leaving the White House

Axelrod Leaving the White House
Getty Images

Obama's message guru is leaving the West Wing to start the reelection bid. 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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