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Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

As members of Illinois' newest General Assembly took the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison set yet another precedent... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson
      

Pension Reformers Vow to Reintroduce Bill

The sponsors of a comprehensive pension reform bill that failed to get approval this session have pledged to reintroduce the measure as early as Wednesday afternoon. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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By Dick Johnson

Quinn Loses Call for Pension Commission

Quinn Loses Call for Pension Commission

The Illinois House adjourned Tuesday afternoon without taking a vote on Gov. Pat Quinn's last-ditch effort to get a pension deal done before the end of the lame duck session. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 2:03 AM
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By Associated Press

Ill. Senate Committee Passes Gun Restrictions

Ill. Senate Committee Passes Gun Restrictions

Both Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised Illinois Senate committee's approval of a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Gay Marriage Vote Hits Snag

Gay Marriage Vote Hits Snag

Issue was headed for an Executive Committee hearing before Senate Republicans rejected Sen. Heather Steans' attempt to attach the marriage language to existing legislation. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Rahm, Quinn Back Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Powerful Illinois politicians from both parties teamed up Tuesday to support a plan that would give drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants. Read »

Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Andy Manar

Andy Manar

Democratic Candidate for the 48th Legislative District. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Bloggers Deserve a Tax Break, Too

Bloggers Deserve a Tax Break, Too

If I'm not exempted from the income tax increase, I'll start writing Ward Room from Milwaukee. Read »

Friday, Dec 9, 2011 at 5:09 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Cullerton Gambles on Nature Announcement

Senate president grabs the mic and asks Quinn to discuss gambling with him and the mayor. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CME, Sears Tax Break Fails

CME, Sears Tax Break Fails

The Illinois Senate approved a package, but their colleagues in the house submarine it. 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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