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Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why The Irish Are Our Overlords

Why The Irish Are Our Overlords

Patrick Daley Thompson is compensating for his English last name by using a shamrock as a campaign symbol. Why are the Irish so successful in politics, especially Chicago politics? Read »

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Every Girl's Crazy 'Bout A Sharp Dressed Alderman

Every Girl's Crazy 'Bout A Sharp Dressed Alderman

Ald. Edward Burke, he of the pinstriped suits, matching tie and handkerchief and monogrammed cufflinks, makes Today's Chicago Woman's "A List" of best-dressed Chicagoans. Read »

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Ed Burke: Style Icon

14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke is known for his suave look and debonair style.... See Full Gallery »

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Shadiest Ward In Chicago

From Thomas E. Keane to Joe Berrios, the 31st Ward has produced an unparalleled collection of political rogues. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Abolish the City Clerk's Office

Abolish the City Clerk's Office

Do you know why our city clerk's keep messing up the city sticker? Because they don't really want to be city clerk! So let's appoint a bureaucrat instead. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 6:01 PM
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By Edward McClelland

All the Hot Committeeman's Races!

All the Hot Committeeman's Races!

The most exciting elections for the office you've never heard of. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Real "Sit Down And Shut Up" Ordinance

The Real

Aldermen want to prohibit audience members from making any public displays at Council meeting. That goes too far, but so does the Occupy movement's habit of disrupting politicians. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How Much Does Your Alderman Earn?

How Much Does Your Alderman Earn?

The Chicago Tribune reveals which aldermanic have taken all their pay raises, and which are still getting by on $104,101 a year. Read »

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 6:18 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Student Turns Ward Map Into Jigsaw Puzzle

Student Turns Ward Map Into Jigsaw Puzzle

IIT student Andrew Bayley thinks the fact that you can turn the new ward map into a toy proves that aldermen treated the city like one in their quest for self-preservation. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Council Allocates $525K to Settle Police Beating Case

Council Allocates $525K to Settle Police Beating Case

Autistic boy needed eight stitches to close gash in his head after he was beaten by two police officers. 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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