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Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Video Exposes Ervin’s Ethical Double Standard

Opinion: Video Exposes Ervin’s Ethical Double Standard

A few weeks ago, 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin wanted every reporter in town to understand one simple thing: voters on the West Side of Chicago deserved nothing less than politicians who held themselves to the... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Politics on the West Side of Chicago has never been for the faint of heart. Now, in the race for the Illinois 10th House District, parts of it have gotten downright ugly. Read »

Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher, Associated Press

Derrick Smith Used Campaign to Fund Defense

Derrick Smith Used Campaign to Fund Defense

Indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith has used campaign funds to pay more than $37,000 to his defense team. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

As members of Illinois' newest General Assembly took the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison set yet another precedent... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Trial Date Set for Derrick Smith

Trial Date Set for Derrick Smith

State Representative-elect Derrick Smith heads to trial next year on federal bribery charges. A tentative trial date was set for Oct. 21, 2013. Read »

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Derrick Smith: I'm a New Man

Indicted former state legislator makes first comments since Tuesday's re-election. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz & Marcus Riley
      

Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up In Illinois

Several state races for the House and Senate reached national status thanks to the talkers Illinois politics has become known for: scandal and controversy. 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 »

Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Carol Marin
      

Smith, Tyson Tout Records in Closely-Watched State Race

Attorney Lance Tyson is running under the Unity Party because Derrick Smith, who was booted from the Illinois House earlier this year after being indicted on federal bribery charges, is listed as the Democrat in... 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.
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