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Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions

Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions

As Chicago's credit rating goes down, the city will have to pay higher interest rates. Read »

Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Second Teacher's Union Endorses Dillard

Second Teacher's Union Endorses Dillard

A second major teachers union has endorsed state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the four-way Republican primary for Illinois governor. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:54 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Numbers Down in First Day of Early Voting

Chicago Numbers Down in First Day of Early Voting

Each ward will have one location available. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rivals Rip Rauner in Republican Debate

He is the only non-elected official of the four republicans running for governor and first-time candidate and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is leading the polls, the only one currently with enough money to run... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:13 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Cook County Clerk Brings Democracy to New Teen Voters

Cook County Clerk Brings Democracy to New Teen Voters

It’s one thing for a government agency to make itself available to citizens who need its services. It’s quite another for an agency to go out and directly engage citizens in the process of democracy itself. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Quinn Grabs de Blasio Guru to Run Campaign

Quinn Grabs de Blasio Guru to Run Campaign

Here’s a tip for all of you campaign watchers out there with your eye on the 2014 race for Illinois governor: Count Pat Quinn out at your own risk. Read »

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM
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By Chacour Koop

Lawmaker Takes Aim at Capitol Food, Fitness Habits

Lawmaker Takes Aim at Capitol Food, Fitness Habits

An Illinois lawmaker is challenging others at the state Capitol to not only talk the talk on smaller government, but also walk the walk. Read »

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Truax Grabs Gingrich Endorsement

Truax Grabs Gingrich Endorsement

First-time political candidate Doug Truax has grabbed the biggest name so far in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois: Newt Gingrich. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Ad Barrage by Outside Groups Continues Against Rauner

Ad Barrage by Outside Groups Continues Against Rauner

As gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s Republican rivals struggle to make up ground against his front-runner status, outside efforts by third-party groups to attack the wealthy Winnetka businessman are... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 6:23 AM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Senate Eyes Tax on Sugary Drinks

Illinois Senate Eyes Tax on Sugary Drinks

The legislation, sponsored by Chicago Democratic Sen. Mattie Hunter, would impose a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. 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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