Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Illinois’ Newest Boom Industry Could Be Gun Instructors

With 1.6 million registered gun owners and 400,000 expected concealed-carry applicants, there’s little doubt the need for concealed carry instructors in Illinois will grow. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM
      

City Council Passes Assault Weapons Ban

New law stiffens penalties for possession of high-capacity weapons. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

State Senate Committee OKs Ammunition Limit

State Senate Committee OKs Ammunition Limit

Legislation to ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds advances with 12-3 vote. Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk's vote on the background check bill validates my vote for Senator Kirk. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

What Obama Really Thinks About Guns

What Obama Really Thinks About Guns

In a 2000 interview, Obama said, "It's undeniable that the pervasiveness of guns in this country contributes to violence...and if we can eliminate those guns...it eliminates the most egregious results." Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Rural Gun Laws Make No Sense In Big City

Opinion: Rural Gun Laws Make No Sense In Big City

Let's just say no thanks to folks from Metamora, Marion and Mount Vernon who think flooding Chicago with guns will make the city safer. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Illinois Lawmakers, Lobbyists Debate Assault Rifles

Illinois Lawmakers, Lobbyists Debate Assault Rifles

Both sides of gun issue arguing whether civilians need military-style assault rifles. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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By Associated Press

Council Passes "Straw Purchaser" Ordinance

Council Passes

Wednesday's vote on an ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is part of an effort by city and county officials to crack down on so-called straw purchasers. Those are people who legally buy weapons and then... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Cook County commissioners are making it more expensive for suburban gun owners who don't report when their guns are stolen, destroyed, lost or sold. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Chicago Cops Seize 680 Guns Citywide

With a national focus on Chicago and what many view as an alarming murder rate, officials have repeatedly insisted that for the most part, the city is actually very safe, with isolated but very violent pockets.... 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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