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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:49 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Quinn Runs First Ad Against GOP Nominee Rauner

The 30 second spot, released before Bruce Rauner even officially earned the nomination, focuses on the candidate's opposition to raising the minimum wage in Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 5:24 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Circuit Court Approves Extension at 3 Chicago Polls

Circuit Court Approves Extension at 3 Chicago Polls

Cook County Circuit Court has approved the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners' request to allow three polling locations in Precinct 11 to stay open for an extra hour because of Tuesday morning delays. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Chicago Debuts Electronic Polling Book

Veteran Chicago voters headed to the polls Tuesday won't see staffers scouring those massive books for confirmation of registration. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Oberweis Hangs Out In Florida a Week Before Primary

NBC 5 has learned the U.S. Senate candidate flew out of Illinois Saturday, and is at his million-dollar Bonita Beach Florida condo until the end of the week. Read »

Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Tuesday is Deadline to Register to Vote in Primary

Tuesday is Deadline to Register to Vote in Primary

The election next month is the first time that 17-year-old Illinoisans will be able to vote. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Illinois’ Budget Picture Bleak Despite Pension Reform

Illinois’ Budget Picture Bleak Despite Pension Reform

A new report says a project $160 billion in savings from recent pension reform legislation won't be enough to fix the state’s growing deficits. Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Emanuel Uses $6.2 Million to Send a Message

Opinion: Emanuel Uses $6.2 Million to Send a Message

Has any candidate for Mayor in Chicago ever collected as much money as Rahm? Has any candidate ever needed to? Read »

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan Challenger

Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan Challenger

Chicago GOP is questioning petitions for Madigan challenger, who shows no signs of being real. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Haley BeMiller

Look Who's Running For Office

There are several federal and statewide seats up for election in 2014 and no... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

44th Ward Candidate Thomas Banks on Social Media to Win, Transform Ward

44th Ward Candidate Thomas Banks on Social Media to Win, Transform Ward

Yesterday, both Tom Tunney and Mark Thomas made their intentions to run for alderman in the 44th Ward official. 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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