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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Rural Gun Laws Make No Sense In Big City

Opinion: Rural Gun Laws Make No Sense In Big City

Let's just say no thanks to folks from Metamora, Marion and Mount Vernon who think flooding Chicago with guns will make the city safer. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Named Number Three Car-Sharing City

Chicago Named Number Three Car-Sharing City

Well, a certain part of Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Bloomberg Wins 2nd District Primary

Opinion: Bloomberg Wins 2nd District Primary

The 2nd District election was a victory for unlimited money in politics, not gun control. The next billionaire to buy an election won't be so liberal. Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: If We Legalize Drugs, Guns Will Become Much Less Dangerous

Opinion: If We Legalize Drugs, Guns Will Become Much Less Dangerous

But first, the drug rights movement needs some catchy slogans. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Nobody Really Wants To Be Attorney General

Opinion: Nobody Really Wants To Be Attorney General

In the last two decades, every lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer or comptroller has run for governor of Senate -- except Jesse White. Read »

Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Rahm's Big Book Tour

Opinion: Rahm's Big Book Tour

Mayor Emanuel plans to help a brother out by promoting Zeke's family memoir. Read »

Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why Chicago Is America's Murder Capital

Opinion: Why Chicago Is America's Murder Capital

Like so many of our city's problems, it can be traced back to segregation. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Ryan Should Mentor Future Governors

Opinion: Ryan Should Mentor Future Governors

Now that he's out of prison, George Ryan needs to get a job. Helping other governors stay out of trouble would be a good fit. Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Local Gun Control Won't Help Chicago

Opinion: Local Gun Control Won't Help Chicago

Guns in America aren't going away. So we need to find ways to manage conflicts among violent young people who have access to all the weapons they want. Read »

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Bribery? There's An App For That

Opinion: Bribery? There's An App For That

Illinois has always led the nation in political corruption. Let's lead it into the 21st Century by replacing cash bribes with money transfers over the Internet, and from cell phones. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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