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Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 4:56 PM
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By Ward Room Staff & Associated Press

State Senators OK Traffic Cams on School Buses

State Senators OK Traffic Cams on School Buses

School buses throughout the state could use cameras to catch people who don't stop while they're picking up or dropping off kids under a bill OK'd by Illinois senators on Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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By Associated Press

State Senate OKs "Puppy Lemon" Law

State Senate OKs

Consumers who buy a new dog or cat only to find out it has a serious disease or ailment would have a new form of recourse under an Illinois Senate proposal. Read »

Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Gun Law Will Exclude Chicago: Report

Illinois Gun Law Will Exclude Chicago: Report

Republican Sen. Tim Bivins says the measure he and Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul negotiated would allow Cook County authorities to deny a concealed carry permit even if an applicant passes the required background... Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senate Approves Drone Legislation

Illinois Senate Approves Drone Legislation

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Biss, would require authorities to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect information. Lawmakers voted 52-1 to send the measure to the House. Biss, an Evanston... Read »

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Gaming Board, Lawmakers Aim to Overcome Insults

Gaming Board, Lawmakers Aim to Overcome Insults

A verbal fracas between state regulators and pro-gambling lawmakers — including an exchange of insults and accusations as if they were kids in a schoolyard — has resulted in cautious pledges to work together to... Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Rahm Offers Valentine to Gay Community

Rahm Offers Valentine to Gay Community

On the heels of the Illinois Senate advancing a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office took to social media with a quick post embracing the move. Read »

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 1:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois Pols React to Gay Marriage Advancement

Illinois Pols React to Gay Marriage Advancement

The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The bill now moves onto the House. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Advances in Senate

Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Advances in Senate

The Executive Committee voted 9-5 to move legislation giving marital rights to same sex couples to the Senate floor. Democrats with a 40-member majority say they have the needed votes Read »

Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff, Associated Press

Cullerton Wants Gay-Marriage Vote On Feb. 14

Cullerton Wants Gay-Marriage Vote On Feb. 14

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass same-sex marriage legislation on Valentine's Day. Cullerton said he'd like the state Senate to pass the measure out of committee next week and vote... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Pension Crisis Looms Over New General Assembly

Michael Madigan, John Cullerton retain leadership posts in bodies with veto-proof Democratic majorities. Still, Gov. Pat Quinn has a lot riding on digging the state out of the lowest bond rating in the nation. 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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