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Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Council Honors Former Alderman Mell

City Council Honors Former Alderman Mell

Former Ald. Richard Mell shed tears Wednesday as he reflected on what he called a "phenomenal life" while expressing regret for the time his nearly 40 years in public service kept him away from loved ones. Read »

Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Dems Pick Dick Mell Aide to Succeed His Daughter

Dems Pick Dick Mell Aide to Succeed His Daughter

Jaime Andrade, a top aide to former Chicago Ald. Richard Mell, was selected by Democratic leaders on Monday to suceed Mell's daughter in the Illinois House Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Deb Mell Picked To Succeed Father As Alderman

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose State Rep. Deborah Mell to fill the seat of Richard Mell, the 75-year-old alderman who submitted his resignation after nearly 40 years as a Northwest Side council man. Read »

Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Mell Takes "Take Your Daughter To Work Day" Too Far

Opinion: Mell Takes

Ald. Dick Mell -- the man who got his son-in-law elected governor -- now wants his daughter appointed to his city council seat. There ought to be a law against that kind of nepotism. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rep. Mell Recovering From Cancer Surgery

Rep. Mell Recovering From Cancer Surgery

Illinois State Rep. Deb Mell (D-Chicago) is recovering from breast cancer surgery three months after announcing the Stage 1 invasive cancer, her doctors confirmed Tuesday. Read »

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why the Gay Community Dominates Lakefront Politics

Why the Gay Community Dominates Lakefront Politics

With the appointment of lesbian activist Kelly Cassidy, gays and lesbians now occupy two state house seats and two aldermanic seats on the lakefront. 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.

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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.
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