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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Daley Thinks Republicans Will Win Governor's Race

One the most high-profile names in the Illinois gubernatorial race appears to have taken himself out of the running. Read »

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Who's Running with Pat Quinn?

Who's Running with Pat Quinn?

It appears it isn’t easy to choose a political partner. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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By Kerry Lester

GOP Hopeful Rauner Rolls Out Term-Limit Proposal

GOP Hopeful Rauner Rolls Out Term-Limit Proposal

Declaring the moment ripe to address "failure in Springfield," Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner unveiled a proposal Tuesday to impose eight-year term limits on Illinois lawmakers while also... Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Sen. Raoul Says He Won't Run for Governor

Sen. Raoul Says He Won't Run for Governor

The Chicago Democrat had been weighing a primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn and former White House chief of staff Bill Daley for months. In a statement Thursday, he said he "did not take lightly the calls... Read »

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Last year’s Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield wasn’t the best day for Governor Pat Quinn, but this year he’s moving to make sure some of last year’s woes don’t repeat. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Alexandria Fisher
      

Governor's Race Heats Up

The race for Illinois governor continues to take shape as potential candidates roll in, or out. Read »

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Conceal Carry Not Enough For NRA

Conceal Carry Not Enough For NRA

The new conceal carry law prohibits anyone but law enforcement officers from viewing permits. In other states, the NRA is even trying to prohibit cops from looking. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM
      

Bruce Rauner Jumps Into 2014 Governor's Race

Rauner joins Dan Rutherford in campaign for GOP nomination. Read »

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

The Illinois House has reportedly extended its deadline one week for considering a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Millionaire Announces Plan To Waste Fortune on Vanity Campaign

Opinion: Millionaire Announces Plan To Waste Fortune on Vanity Campaign

Financier Bruce Rauner, who has never held office, is forming an "exploratory committee" for governor. 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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