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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Illinois Politicians React to End of Shutdown

Naturally, this split is along party lines. Only one in the Illinois delegation voted no to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Shutdown Roundup: 5 Best Reads on What Just Happened

Shutdown Roundup: 5 Best Reads on What Just Happened

Here are five of the best reads from a spin around the internet about the government shutdown, Republican intransigence and where we are today. Read »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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By Kim Vatis
      

Furloughed Chicago Couple Feel Like 'Political Pawns'

30-year EPA veterans forced to stay at home. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Lauren Jiggetts
      

WWII Vets Return Home to Heroes' Welcome

After surviving World War II, a little partisan political bickering is hardly a hurdle for a group of Illinois veterans. Read »

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Quinn Confident Federal Shutdown Will Be Averted

Still, Illinois must be prepared for it, he said. 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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