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Madigan Seeks to Impose Millionaires Tax

Madigan Seeks to Impose Millionaires Tax

If Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan has his way, the state's millionaires will have to pony up a bit more of their income. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs Bill Delaying Budget Address

Quinn Signs Bill Delaying Budget Address

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting more time before he delivers his annual budget address. Read »

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan Challenger

Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan Challenger

Chicago GOP is questioning petitions for Madigan challenger, who shows no signs of being real. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

What Target Date for Pension Vote Means For Incumbents

What Target Date for Pension Vote Means For Incumbents

The Dec. 3 target date comes the day after nominating petitions are due for the 2014 primary ballot. That means incumbents may be spared from challengers upset with the pension reform compromise. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Supporters Celebrate As Lawmakers Approve Gay Marriage

The Illinois House and Senate vote to approve same-sex marriage, setting up the state to become the 15th to allow gay marriages. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Mike Madigan Says Sun Is Too Bright, Claims It Has Political Agenda

Opinion: Mike Madigan Says Sun Is Too Bright, Claims It Has Political Agenda

It’s an old political trick: when you’re caught red-handed, try and smear the people who uncovered the corruption. Read »

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Metra CEO's Memo Outlines Madigan Influence

Alex Clifford claims refusal to comply with House Speaker's requests led to his ouster. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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By Kerry Lester, The Associated Press

Bad Credit Rating Costs State $130M Extra

Bad Credit Rating Costs State $130M Extra

Illinois taxpayers will pony up at least $130 million extra in interest payments for a bond sale this week due to lowered credit ratings because lawmakers have failed to solve the state's $97 billion pension... Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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By Associated Press

New Lawmaker Sworn in to Replace Derrick Smith

New Lawmaker Sworn in to Replace Derrick Smith

Rep. Derrick Smith was expelled from the Illinois House last month after he was charged by federal authorities with accepting a bribe. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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By Carol Marin
      

Illinois GOP Focuses on 'Firing Mike Madigan'

Republicans seek to take over leadership role in Springfield. 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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