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Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: A Madiglossary

Opinion: A Madiglossary

A guide to understanding House Speaker Michael J. Madigan Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Alexandria Fisher
      

Governor's Race Heats Up

The race for Illinois governor continues to take shape as potential candidates roll in, or out. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

After the long slow tease of more than one year, which certainly helped her campaign coffers, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she will run for re-election. But that doesn’t keep political junkies from... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Sheila Simon Running for Comptroller

Sheila Simon Running for Comptroller

Simon will be the underdog against Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. (And she'll have to beat Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn in the primary.) Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Gubernatorial Odds

Gubernatorial Odds

The post-Lisa Madigan edition Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Look Out for Madigan, Mark Kirk!

Opinion: Look Out for Madigan, Mark Kirk!

Lisa Madigan probably would have lost a race for governor. But she could beat Kirk for U.S. Senate. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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Madigan Passes on Run for Governor, Cites Father

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced plans Monday to seek re-election, ending months of speculation about her possible run for governor. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Lisa Madigan Will Always Be the Next Governor of Illinois

Opinion: Lisa Madigan Will Always Be the Next Governor of Illinois

Will Lisa Madigan run for governor next year? Maybe. Will she win? Probably not. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Winning Cook County Won't Win You The Governorship

Opinion: Winning Cook County Won't Win You The Governorship

If winning Cook County were enough to win a Democratic primary, Roland Burris and Paul Vallas would have been governor. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Hey, Supreme Court: How 'Bout Some Federalism On Conceal Carry?

The U.S. Supreme Court cited federalist principles in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The same principles should apply to Illinois's conceal carry law. Read »

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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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