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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Opinion: Obama Should Run For Senate In 2016

The president will only be 55 years old when he leaves the White House. He'll need a new job. So why not his old one? Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: "Son of Detroit"

Opinion:

Mitt Romney quotes Kid Rock to defend himself against Barack Obama claim that he wanted to let the auto industry die. Read »

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Bears, Cards or Debate?

Opinion: Bears, Cards or Debate?

Illinois may register the lowest ratings in the nation for tonight’s foreign policy debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. That’s because we’re the only state with two sports teams playing tonight. The... Read »

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why White Protestants Won't Vote For Obama

Opinion: Why White Protestants Won't Vote For Obama

George W. Bush and John McCain won two-thirds of the white Protestant vote. Mitt Romney may do even better. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Tonight's Debate Will Be A Game Changer

Why Tonight's Debate Will Be A Game Changer

Both Romney and Obama will stay on message in an attempt to win over undecided voters in critical swing states. Only one thing is certain: this election will be decided by a razor-thin margin. Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Cubs Owner Invests In Another Loser: Mitt Romney

Opinion: Cubs Owner Invests In Another Loser: Mitt Romney

Crusty right-wing billionaire Joe Ricketts, whose family owns the Cubs, is spending $10 million on ads featuring disillusioned Obama voters. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Old White Guys For Romney, Young Black Women For Obama

Opinion: Old White Guys For Romney, Young Black Women For Obama

Both parties will making appeals to race and gender this year. But voters can't be summed up by surface demographics. 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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