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Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM
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By Sophia Tareen
      

Gov. Quinn Presents State Budget Proposal

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to stress his election-year theme of protecting the middle class as he presents a budget address Wednesday that political experts and lawmakers say could be his toughest yet. 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 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 »

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 »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rutherford’s Candidacy, Credibility on the Line

Opinion: Rutherford’s Candidacy, Credibility on the Line

Let's assume, for the sake of discussion, that Dan Rutherford is trying to create a political smokescreen over allegations of misconduct in his office. If so, he better hope the smoke never blows over. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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By Associated Press

Bruce Rauner Wins Cook County GOP Endorsement

Bruce Rauner Wins Cook County GOP Endorsement

Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner on Saturday won the Cook County Republican Party's endorsement in his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Illinois. Read »

Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Pension Deal Puts Rauner in a Tight Spot

Opinion: Pension Deal Puts Rauner in a Tight Spot

A big part of Rauner’s outsider campaign for governor has relied in part on his plans to fix Illinois’ pension crisis. Read »

Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Quinn Picks Paul Vallas as Running Mate

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday announced Paul Vallas, the former chief of Chicago Public Schools, as his running mate in the 2014 governor's race. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 9:14 PM
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By Sophia Tareen
      

Bruce Rauner Picks Wheaton's Sanguinetti as Running Mate

The 2014 Republican ticket for the Illinois governor's race came into focus on Tuesday as businessman Bruce Rauner announced Wheaton City Councilwoman Evelyn Sanguinetti as his lieutenant governor pick,... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner’s Fundraising Will Make Other Repub Hopefuls Jobs Harder

Rauner’s Fundraising Will Make Other Repub Hopefuls Jobs Harder

Once perception starts to set in who the front runner is in raising campaign cash, the smart money from all quarters is likely to start following. 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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