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Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Why Chicago Didn't Become Detroit

Chicago always had a more diversified economy than its Midwestern rivals, which prepared it for the day when trading things and thinking about things became more important than making things. That's why we're... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Former Mayor Jane Byrne Hospitalized

Former Mayor Jane Byrne Hospitalized

Newspaper reports Byrne suffered stroke earlier this year. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Does Emanuel Owe The Black Community?

Does Emanuel Owe The Black Community?

Black aldermen want more high-level appointments, saying their community is responsible for Emanuel's landslide. But he got the same percentage among whites. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Superman Is Coming To Chicago

Why Superman Is Coming To Chicago
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The producers of Superman: Man of Steel should find a role for Jane Byrne. She's the reason superheroes come to Chicago. 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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Authors
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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