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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:27 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Hyatt Hotel Expansion Points To Bigger Things

Rahm lauds expansion, economic impact of investing in McCormick Place area. Read »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Rahm Touts McCormick Place Redevelopment Plan

Rahm Emanuel isn’t holding back on his second anniversary as mayor of Chicago as he celebrated by announcing major renovations to the city’s prized McCormick Place. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM
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By Lauren Petty
      

Navy Pier Set For Massive Makeover

Construction on $278 million redevelopment plan will begin this fall. Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

DePaul Eyes $300 Million McCormick Place Arena

DePaul Eyes $300 Million McCormick Place Arena

Mayor Rahm Emanuel expected to announce plans this week. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Stephanie Jimenez

Election Night in Chicago

Chicago takes front and center once again on Election Night 2012. President... See Full Gallery »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM
Chicago Stage Set for Election Night

Chicago Stage Set for Election Night

Team Obama changes Election Night procedure from 2008, city sets up space for election results watching. Watch »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:26 AM
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By Marcus Riley

President in Chicago for Election Day

President in Chicago for Election Day

President Barack Obama arrived back in Chicago early Tuesday in advance of his Election Night event at McCormick Place. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Rob Elgas
      

Obama Eyes McCormick Place for Election Night Event

The venue is a far different one from 2008, when an estimated 240,000 people poured into Grant Park for the the Election Night rally and subsequent celebration. Read »

Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 5:35 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski & Lisa Balde
      

2 Big Trade Shows Extend Chicago Stay

Two big trade shows are sticking with Chicago. The National Restaurant Association and International Manufacturing Technology Show have extended their agreements with McCormick Place through 2021 and 2020. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Navy Pier, McCormick Place Union Deal Reached

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced a deal with two major unions at McCormick Place and Navy Pier to secure Chicago's trade show future. 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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