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Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Burke notes in his press release "it is my hope that if we take the first step of urging an airline embargo that other major cities across the nation, such as New York and Los Angeles, will follow suit." Read »

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

No Love for Eliot Ness in Chicago City Council

No Love for Eliot Ness in Chicago City Council

Hollywood may love Eliot Ness and his crime-busting ways. But that doesn't mean Chicago has to. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Assessor Berrios' Name Surfaces in Federal Bribery Trial

Assessor Berrios' Name Surfaces in Federal Bribery Trial

To the good, hardworking public servants in the Cook County Assessor's office, I say: I'm sorry. Read »

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Memo to Self: The Ed Burke Conflict of Interest Story is Over

Memo to Self: The Ed Burke Conflict of Interest Story is Over

By the end of the week, the story is as dead as a Chicago baseball season. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Emanuel Clams Up on Burke’s Business Conflicts

Emanuel Clams Up on Burke’s Business Conflicts

As Mayor Emanuel said, every politician has to speak for himself on what's legal and appropriate. Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Ald. Burke Proves in Chicago, It’s Taxpayer Be Damned

Ald. Burke Proves in Chicago, It’s Taxpayer Be Damned

Is there a bigger conflict of interest walking Chicago’s streets right now than Ald. Ed Burke? Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Aldermen Approve Gun Ban in Chicago Restos

A controversial proposal to require all Chicago restaurants and bars to post "gun-free" signs outside their premises will be debated Friday by a city council committee. Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Want a long career in Chicago politics? Don't try to reform it. Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Chicago Is Like A Monarchy

Why Chicago Is Like A Monarchy

After Harold Washington died, Chicagoans decided democracy was too divisive. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: How To Stop Nepotism In Chicago Politics

Opinion: How To Stop Nepotism In Chicago Politics

A few modest proposals for preventing the passage of power from one generation to the next. 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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