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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hillary Clinton to Receive Illinois' Highest Award

Hillary Clinton to Receive Illinois' Highest Award

Gov. Pat Quinn's office made the announcement Thursday, saying the honor is considered "the state's highest award." Clinton was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:14 AM

Hillary Clinton in Chicago for Jewish United Fund

Hillary Clinton in Chicago for Jewish United Fund

Monday's event, at the Sheraton Chicago, at 301 E. North Water Street, is the premier annual event for the JUF, one of the city's largest social service agencies. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:20 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Clinton Hits Town for Speech, Birthday Party

Clinton turned 66 on Saturday. She received plenty of well wishes, including her husband’s shout out on Twitter: “‏@billclinton 26 Oct Happy birthday to my brilliant & extraordinary wife @hillaryclinton. I know... Read »

Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

McCain: Don't Count Biden Out of 2016 Presidential Race

Should Hillary Clinton decide to run for president, she'll be the favored Democrat for the nomination, Senators Dick Durbin and John McCain agreed Monday. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Hillary Clinton Deflects Questions of Presidential Run

Former U.S. Secretary of State is keynote speaker at Chicago House annual Speaker Series Luncheon. Read »

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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By Associated Press

NJ Gov. Christie To Appear With Bill Clinton in Chicago

NJ Gov. Christie To Appear With Bill Clinton in Chicago

Political observers will be closely watching as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participates in a discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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By Ken Thomas
      

Hillary Clinton To Focus on Children's, Economic Issues

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday she will focus much of her attention on issues promoting early childhood development, women and children and economic issues as part of the... Read »

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Durbin: More Clinton Testimony on Benghazi Would Be "Political"

Durbin: More Clinton Testimony on Benghazi Would Be

On "Face the Nation," Sen. Dick Durbin says Republican attempts to connect former Secretary of Hillary Clinton to the deaths of four Americans in Libya are aimed at undermining her presidential campaign. Read »

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Commits to Second Term

Emanuel Commits to Second Term

Rahm Emanuel wants a second term as mayor of Chicago. And he's adamant he won't bow out early or eventually seek a higher office. 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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