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Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Super PAC Targets Jackson Jr. Race: Report

Super PAC Targets Jackson Jr. Race: Report

An anti-incumbent super PAC is aiming at Illinois. The Houston-based Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to try and unseat three Chicago-area members of Congress in the upcoming primaries. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Jesse's Girl Matters in 2012

Why Jesse's Girl Matters in 2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. needs to learn the difference between ethics and morals -- or, in more earthy terms, acting like a weasel and acting like a dog. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Mayor Mum on Jesse Jackson Jr. Endorsement

Will Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorse Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or former Rep. Debbie Halvorson in the second congressional district race? He's not saying. Not now, anyway. Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Halvorson to Run Against Jackson

Halvorson to Run Against Jackson

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., still ailing from testimony given during the retrial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, formally will get an opponent this week. 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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