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Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Nothing Schocking: Aaron Considers Run for Gov

Peoria Rep. Aaron Schock says he's considering a run for Illinois governor and hopes some of the other potential GOP candidates will step aside. "The less bloodletting, the better," said Schock, who has been... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Bill Daley Tests Waters For Illinois Governor Bid

Bill Daley Tests Waters For Illinois Governor Bid

President Barack Obama's former chief of staff is testing the gubernatorial waters in Illinois. Bill Daley, brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and son of former Mayor Richard J. Daley, commissioned... Read »

Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Could Joe Walsh Be The GOP Nominee For Governor?

Could Joe Walsh Be The GOP Nominee For Governor?

Pat Quinn should be so lucky. He usually is. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Illinois Treasurer Considers Run for Governor

Illinois Treasurer Considers Run for Governor

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford put out feelers on Sunday for a possible run for governor. Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn's Fine With Being Mr. Unpopular

Quinn's Fine With Being Mr. Unpopular

“I’d rather be the most honest governor,” Quinn said a day after he earned least popular governor in the US cred. “We’ve had two previous governors to me in jail at the same time.” Read »

Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Race for Illinois Governor: Who's On Deck

Who may be running for Illinois governor in 2014? The list is long and varied. See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM
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By Michael Tarm

Blagojevich's Hair to Turn Gray in Prison

Blagojevich's Hair to Turn Gray in Prison

Rod Blagojevich's barber says the former Illinois governor's famously thick, dark hair is dyed and will turn gray within the first months of his prison term. Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Signs Pension Reform Bill

Quinn Signs Pension Reform Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed off on a law to crack down on pension abuses, but it doesn't touch on controlling government pension costs. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 10:31 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Blago Gets Surrender Date Extension

Blago Gets Surrender Date Extension

Rod Blagojevich's attorneys on Tuesday requested a 30-day extension on the date the former governor must report to prison. Read »

Friday, Dec 9, 2011 at 7:39 AM
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By Michelle Relerford & Lisa Balde

Blago Attorneys to Make Prison Suggestion

Blago Attorneys to Make Prison Suggestion

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich will make a recommendation Friday on where the former governor will serve his 14-year prison sentence. Their goal is to keep Blagojevich no more than 500 miles from his immediate... 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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