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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Would Chicago’s Olympic Toilets Be Better Than Sochi?

Would Chicago’s Olympic Toilets Be Better Than Sochi?

If things had gone differently on that October day in 2009 when the International Olympic Committee dashed the city’s dreams of hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics, things might be a lot different around Chicago... Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Can We Stop Naming Things After the Daleys Now, Please?

Opinion: Can We Stop Naming Things After the Daleys Now, Please?

At the risk of being a cranky old blogger, I say: Enough. Read »

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Daley Suffers Existentialist Crisis During Deposition

Daley Suffers Existentialist Crisis During Deposition

Daley seems to ask: Who’s even to say what it is a mayor does, anyway? Read »

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Rahm’s Budget Forum Avoids Talking About City Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a forum Wednesday to discuss the city’s budget for 2014. There was only one problem: the budget wasn’t on the agenda. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Needs a Mayoral Challenger. Or Five.

Opinion: Chicago Needs a Mayoral Challenger. Or Five.

With the next election for mayor in Chicago little more than 18 months away, it’s time to face a hard fact: When it comes to mayoral politics in Chicago, democracy could be dead. Read »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM
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By Don Babwin

Chicago May Pay $12.3M for 2 Police Torture Cases

Chicago May Pay $12.3M for 2 Police Torture Cases

Chicago aldermen on Friday recommended paying a total of $12.3 million to two more victims of the notorious police torture scandal that has dogged the city for more than two decades and has already cost it more... Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Book Excerpt: The Birth of the HDO

Book Excerpt: The Birth of the HDO

Ald. Edward "Fast Eddie" Vrdolyak used the desperation of laid-off steelworkers to build his own political machine -- which morphed into the HDO. An excerpt from Ward Room blogger Edward McClelland's new book. Read »

Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Mayor Daley Wishes He'd Been In London Last Night

Mayor Daley Wishes He'd Been In London Last Night

I wonder whether our former mayor, Richard M. Daley, was watching the Olympic Closing Ceremony Sunday night. I thought about him when London Mayor Boris Johnson handed the Olympic flag to International... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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By Lisa Balde

City Removing 2 Workers from After School Matters

City Removing 2 Workers from After School Matters

Two city employees working for After School Matters will be removed from the Maggie Daley-founded charity in early 2012, according to a city statement. 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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