Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM
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By Dick Johnson
      

County Doc Gets Big Payout for No Work

An NBC Chicago and Better Government Association Investigation reveals that a former Stroger Hospital physician received tens of thousands of dollars. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Emanuel Should Agree to Tax the Suburbs

Why Emanuel Should Agree to Tax the Suburbs

When people get rich working in Chicago businesses, they often use their bounty to move to the suburbs. A commuter tax is a good way to reclaim some of that wealth. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 at 6:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Mayor Rejects LSD Toll, Taxes to Fix Deficit

"As I have said from the beginning, raising property taxes, income taxes or sales taxes is off the table," Emanuel said Tuesday in a statement. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 8:37 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

LSD Toll Among Budget-Balancing Ideas

Chicago's inspector general recommends more -- and in some cases higher -- taxes for America's most taxed city. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Inspector General Takes Fight to Rahm

Inspector General Takes Fight to Rahm

Joe Ferguson says Emanuel is just like his predecessor in limiting access for his office. Read »

Monday, Oct 25, 2010 at 4:13 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Shadow Budget?

Shadow Budget?
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City's Inspector General allegedly floats alternative budget. 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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