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Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:49 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Quinn Runs First Ad Against GOP Nominee Rauner

The 30 second spot, released before Bruce Rauner even officially earned the nomination, focuses on the candidate's opposition to raising the minimum wage in Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Voting Day: 2014 Illinois Primaries

Illinoisans -- including the candidates running for public office -- hit the... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 5:33 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Voters, Candidates Report Polling Place Problems

Voters, Candidates Report Polling Place Problems

Closed polling places, missing poll workers and problems with machines reported. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Dick Durbin Makes Putin's Enemies List

Dick Durbin Makes Putin's Enemies List

President Barack Obama released a sanctions list Monday that includes seven Russian and four Ukranian officials from holding assets or traveling to the United States. Putin's list is considered a direct... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Chicago Debuts Electronic Polling Book

Veteran Chicago voters headed to the polls Tuesday won't see staffers scouring those massive books for confirmation of registration. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:59 AM
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By BJ Lutz
      

For First Time, Some 17-Year-Olds Can Vote in Illinois

Nearly 4,000 17-year-olds have registered to vote in Tuesday's Illinois Primary, Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langdon Neal said shortly after polls opened. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Get To Know GOP Candidates For Governor

Get To Know GOP Candidates For Governor

Watch the candidates' introductory statements and get to know the main issues in the race before the March 18 primary election. Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Kirk Proposes Legislation To End Sex Trafficking

Kirk Proposes Legislation To End Sex Trafficking

The proposed legislation targets advertising site Backpage.com for its "adult services" section. Read »

Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM
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By Associated Press

Medical Marijuana Poses Workplace Dilemma

Medical Marijuana Poses Workplace Dilemma

Illinoisans hoping to make use of the state's fledgling medical marijuana law may risk their jobs if their employers opt to maintain or adopt zero-tolerance drug policies. 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.
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