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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Needs a Mayoral Challenger. Or Five.

Opinion: Chicago Needs a Mayoral Challenger. Or Five.

With the next election for mayor in Chicago little more than 18 months away, it’s time to face a hard fact: When it comes to mayoral politics in Chicago, democracy could be dead. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Congressional Races Will Be Competitive In 2014

Why Congressional Races Will Be Competitive In 2014

Despite House Speaker Michael Madigan's efforts to wire the state for the Democrats, Illinois will have three of the most competitive congressional races in the nation next year. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 7:43 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up On Election Day

Star-studded races headlined Election Day in Illinois, starring a couple of Bears connections and a race to replace disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Here's a recap of the wins and losses. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Robin Kelly Favored To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr. In 2nd District

The 2nd Congressional District race between Robin Kelly and Paul McKinley has largely flown under the radar after Kelly handily won a special primary election in February. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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By Sophia Tareen

House Successor To Face Challenges

House Successor To Face Challenges

While Democrat Robin Kelly is widely expected to capture Tuesday's special election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat over Republican Paul McKinley, any winner will face big challenges. Read »

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Durbin Would Make History With Re-election

Durbin Would Make History With Re-election

When he wins a fourth term, Dick Durbin will become Illinois's longest-serving Democratic senator, and its second-longest serving overall. Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Sen. Durbin Confirms Run for Re-Election

Sen. Durbin Confirms Run for Re-Election

Sen. Dick Durbin will run for re-election for 2014, the Senator told NBC Chicago Saturday. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Voting Equipment Delivered to Wrong Polling Place

Voting Equipment Delivered to Wrong Polling Place

Voting equipment for Richton Park precinct 18, at the Richton Park Community Center, was delivered to another polling place by mistake. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 8:45 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Where Rahm Emanuel Stands On 2nd District Race

A short five years ago Rahm Emanuel recruited Debbie Halvorson to run for Congress. Back then he lobbied moderate Democrats, even pro-gun Democrats like Halvorson. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 6:52 AM
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By Amanda Bonafiglia

Candidates to Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

We've collected biographical information and web links to the candidates running... See Full Gallery »

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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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