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Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Political Anagrams

Political Anagrams

Sometimes, rearranging the letters in a politician's name can be revealing. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Finance Committee Subpoenaed By Grand Jury

Finance Committee Subpoenaed By Grand Jury

A federal grand jury is demanding that Chicago's finance committee open its books on disability programs. The city inspector general last month asked to see the records related to the "duty disability" program... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Feds Subpoena City's Workman's Comp Records

Feds Subpoena City's Workman's Comp Records

The U.S. Attorney's Office wants to know if Chicago's employee disability program, operated by the City Council's Finance Committee and its longtime chairman, Ald. Ed Burke, is ripping off taxpayers. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Emanuel Opposes Plan To Bail Out Underwater Mortgages

Emanuel Opposes Plan To Bail Out Underwater Mortgages

Emanuel rejects a plan proposed by Ald. Edward Burke to use eminent domain to buy underwater mortgages. Read »

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Burke Not Sure About Tickets for Pot Plan

Burke Not Sure About Tickets for Pot Plan

Ald. Ed Burke said Monday he needs more information before he gets behind a plan to offer cops the option of writing tickets for those found with small amounts of marijuana. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

City Council Approves $12M for Protesters' Settlement

City Council Approves $12M for Protesters' Settlement

More than 800 plaintiffs in the class-action suit claim police trapped and arrested them during a 2003 protest on Michigan Avenue without giving clear orders to leave. Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Aldermen Who Moonlight

Chicago Aldermen Who Moonlight

Many aldermen can't get by on their six-figure salaries. Here's what they do in their spare time. Read »

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Politicians Should Also Retire At 67

Politicians Should Also Retire At 67

As Gov. Pat Quinn proposes raising the retirement age for state employees for 67, how about setting that as the retirement age for politicians, too? Read »

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Ed Burke, Richard Daley Cameo in IG Report on Hiring

Ed Burke, Richard Daley Cameo in IG Report on Hiring

How two brothers named McMahon allegedly got around the city's women and minority set aside program -- and how Mayor Daley and Alderman Burke are involved. Read »

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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By Edward McClelland

A Chip Off the Old Burke

A Chip Off the Old Burke

The Sun-Times is claiming that Ald. Edward Burke hired a rogue cop to investigate workmens' comp claims. Do you want a nice guy for that job? 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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