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Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Haley BeMiller

Look Who's Running For Office

There are several federal and statewide seats up for election in 2014 and no... See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Photos: Illinois' Corrupt Politicians

The state, Cook County and its governmental seat, Chicago, have a long history of... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 9:45 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama's Chicago HQ Won't Change Course

Obama's Chicago HQ Won't Change Course

"We never anticipated winning battleground states by 10 points and can't imagine winning a ton of them by 5 points," said Ben LaBolt, Obama's campaign spokesman told the Associate Press on Tuesday. "Our task is... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Chicago Reader's Biggest Story

The Chicago Reader's Biggest Story

As the Chicago Reader faces yet another ownership change, let's remember 1983, when a Reader cover story helped Harold Washington win a close mayoral election. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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