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Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Dick Mell Has Been An Alderman Forever

How does Mell's service compare to the rest of the City Council? More than half the aldermen have joined since 2007. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Supports Expanded Gun Offender Registry

Emanuel Supports Expanded Gun Offender Registry

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he supports an alderman's proposal to expand the city's gun offender registry. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Considers Banning Energy Drinks

Chicago Considers Banning Energy Drinks

Chicago's City Council will hear testimony Tuesday in connection with a proposed blanket ban on energy drinks within city limits. Read »

Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Who's Your (Political) Daddy?

Who's Your (Political) Daddy?

The Illinois politics nepotism roll call. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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By Edward McClelland

You're So Vain, I'll Bet You Think This Post Is About You

You're So Vain, I'll Bet You Think This Post Is About You

Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson plead guilty, as vanity undoes two more politicians. Read »

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Mag's Power 100 Looks A Lot Like Ward Room

Chicago Mag's Power 100 Looks A Lot Like Ward Room

Check out the overlap. Read »

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Burke Wants to Ban Energy Drinks in Chicago

Burke Wants to Ban Energy Drinks in Chicago

“No person shall sell, give away, barter, exchange or otherwise furnish any energy drink,” reads the language in his proposed ordinance. The legislation would include a $100 to $500 fine for each offense. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Alderman Also a P.I. Licensed to Carry

Alderman Also a P.I. Licensed to Carry

Chicago alderman Ed Burke is a licensed private detective. In addition he’s approved to carry a semi-automatic weapon. And according to state records he's also a private security contractor, trained and... Read »

Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM
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By Kim Vatis
      

Clock's Ticking For Jesse Jackson Jr. to Emerge

As a federal probe into Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s finances reportedly widens, Chicago's most powerful alderman said there's room for compassion toward the Jackson family but also noted the time is getting closer... Read »

Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Burke Closely Connected to Wrigley Company: Report

Burke Closely Connected to Wrigley Company: Report

Ald. Ed Burke reportedly has strong ties to Chicago's Wrigley Company. Burke and the Chicago City Council approved a deal 10 years ago to give $16 million in taxpayer subsidies to the Wrigley Company, according... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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