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Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Emanuel: Let's Get Wrigley Renovation Deal Done

There may be no taxpayer subsidy but the Ricketts family is asking for an easing of certain restrictions on signs and night games Read »

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Inaugural Ball Benefits Staffer Who Died During Campaign

Inaugural Ball Benefits Staffer Who Died During Campaign

Alex Okrent, 29, died in July after collapsing at President Barack Obama's 2012 headquarters in Chicago. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Walsh Talks Political Future During Final Town Hall

Walsh Talks Political Future During Final Town Hall

Defeated U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is going to have a lot of time on his hands come January. But don't expect him to step out of the political spotlight just yet. Read »

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Obama Chokes Up at Campaign HQ

The president spoke for about five minutes into a microphone while hundreds of volunteers, many of whom climbed desks to get a better vantage point, listened intently. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Madigan, Cullerton Have Veto-Proof Majorities in Statehouse

Madigan, Cullerton Have Veto-Proof Majorities in Statehouse

He wasn't even on the ballot, but Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was among the big winners in Tuesday's election. Read »

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Gutierrez to Republicans: Take Note

Gutierrez to Republicans: Take Note

Fourth District congressman also warned Democrats not to take their votes for granted and urged both parties to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Read »

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Why Obama Called Clinton on Election Night

Obama 2012 Chief Campaign Strategist David Axelrod gives glimpse into how President Obama spent Election Night. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Bill Foster Wins 11th District Congressional Race

Naperville resident beats Judy Biggert, returns to Congress. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:22 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Ousted State Rep. Heading Back to Springfield

Ousted State Rep. Heading Back to Springfield

Derrick Smith, the state representative ousted from office earlier this year amid federal bribery charges, is heading back to office. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Duckworth Unseats Walsh in 8th Congressional

Rep. Joe Walsh finds himself booted out of office after just two years in Congress. 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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