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Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

After the long slow tease of more than one year, which certainly helped her campaign coffers, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she will run for re-election. But that doesn’t keep political junkies from... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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Madigan Passes on Run for Governor, Cites Father

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced plans Monday to seek re-election, ending months of speculation about her possible run for governor. Read »

Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM
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By Sophia Tareen

Pension Panel Asks Quinn to Testify

Pension Panel Asks Quinn to Testify

Members of a bi-partisan panel charged with coming up with a solution to Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis have formally invited Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before the committee Monday in Springfield. Read »

Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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By Associated Press

Phelps: Quinn's Concealed Carry Amendments Could Backfire

Phelps: Quinn's Concealed Carry Amendments Could Backfire

The sponsor of legislation to allow the concealed carry of firearms in Illinois says Gov. Pat Quinn's efforts to make the measure more restrictive could backfire and lead to "mayhem." Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Lawmakers to Take a Pay Cut

Illinois Lawmakers to Take a Pay Cut

Illinois lawmakers are going to take a pay cut starting next month. Read »

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Wants Residents to Buy Illinois Produce

Quinn Wants Residents to Buy Illinois Produce

Gov. Pat Quinn wants Illinois residents to buy fruits and vegetables that are produced in-state. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Pension Crisis Leads Daley Closer to Run for Governor

Pension Crisis Leads Daley Closer to Run for Governor

Democrat William Daley reportedly said the state’s failure to address the pension crisis during spring session last week moved him closer to announcing a decision on whether to run for Governor of Illinois in... Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Chicago Mag Names City's Most Powerful People

Chicago’s got the power.
Or at least it has some powerful people according to Chicago’s Power 100 by Chicagomag.com. Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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By SARA BURNETT

Quinn Faces Tough Times for Budget Proposal

Quinn Faces Tough Times for Budget Proposal

Gov. Pat Quinn has a tough job ahead of him as he prepares to deliver his latest proposed budget for a state in financial disarray. Read »

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM
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By Associated Press

Union Strike Looms as Contract Talks with Quinn Stall

Union Strike Looms as Contract Talks with Quinn Stall

The emerging threat of at least 30,000 Illinois state employees striking might seem extreme, but union leaders say they're seriously considering the prospect as contract talks have stalemated amid an overall... 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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