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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Top Cop: Chicago's Murder Rates Declining

Top Cop: Chicago's Murder Rates Declining

Chicago’s murder mayhem is declining, police said.
Chicago ended the month of May down four murders from May 2012, an eight percent decrease, according to Director of News Affairs Adam Collins. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By michelle relerford, phil rogers
      

Illinois Senators Target Gangster Disciples Gang

Bipartisan pair believe plan could involved up to 18,000 arrests. 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 »

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 6:31 AM
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By Alan Fram

Senate Panel OKs Guns Bills Honoring Hadiya Pendleton

Senate Panel OKs Guns Bills Honoring Hadiya Pendleton

In Congress' first gun votes since the Newtown, Conn., nightmare, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to toughen federal penalties against illegal firearms purchases, even as senators signaled that... Read »

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

More than 500 teens are expected to submit their proposals and brainstorm with Chicago officials Saturday afternoon, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz
      

Obama Recalls Hadiya in Chicago Speech

In a speech that lasted roughly 26 minutes, President Barack Obama on Friday said his hometown of Chicago every four months suffers the loss of as many children as were killed in the Connecticut elementary... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz
      

Obama Highlights Hadiya Pendleton In SOTU

President Barack Obama on Tuesday highlighted the recent shooting death of Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton in his call for "commonsense reform" to the nation's gun laws. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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By Lisa Balde

First Lady Invites Pendleton's Mother To SOTU

First Lady Invites Pendleton's Mother To SOTU

The mother of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday night's State of the Union, White House aides told NBC News Monday. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago Friday to talk about strengthening the U.S. economy as well as city gun violence. Read »

Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

First Lady To Attend Hadiya Pendleton Funeral

First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Chicago on Saturday and attend the funeral of a 15-year-old girl gunned down last week in Chicago, the White House confirmed Friday. 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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