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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson
      

Protesters Leak NATO Security Details

Portions of Lake Shore Drive and Interstate 55 make up part of the perimeter of a secure area during next month's NATO Summit and will be closed to traffic, protest planners said they were told Tuesday. Read »

Friday, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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By Michael Kaplan

McCormick Place Deal Sparks New Shows

McCormick Place Deal Sparks New Shows

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said new Solar Power International trade show will bring in $80 million for the city. Read »

Friday, Oct 21, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

McCormick Place Union Deal Reached

A deal looks to have been struck involving labor reforms at McCormick Place to revive work-rule reforms and attract more convention business. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Resto Show Moves to Avoid Clash With NATO/G8

Resto Show Moves to Avoid Clash With NATO/G8

Mayor Rahm Emanuel won't have to deal with the fallout of losing a major trade show to another city. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Leaders Meet to Discuss McCormick Place

The governor, mayor, legislative leaders and McCormick Place officials -- but no union leaders -- meet to discuss work-rule changes. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 9:53 AM
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By Lisa Balde

McCormick Place Loses Labor Ruling

McCormick Place Loses Labor Ruling

Mayor Rahm Emanuel remains undeterred by the ruling, saying he will continue to fight for a solution ensuring the convention industry's vitality in Chicago. 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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