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Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Kirk Dillard Running For Governor, But In Which Year?

Opinion: Kirk Dillard Running For Governor, But In Which Year?

State Sen. Kirk Dillard's candidacy would be perfect for 1864, 1884, 1990, 1994 or 2002. But maybe not 2014. Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Sheila Simon: Vote For My Dad -- I Mean, Vote For Me

Sheila Simon: Vote For My Dad -- I Mean, Vote For Me

Lt. Gov Sheila Simon is planning a run for attorney general, but has so far has no platform beyond, "I'm Paul Simon's daughter." Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Legislators Should Donate Per Diem Money

Opinion: Legislators Should Donate Per Diem Money

State Sen. Gary Forby is doing it. Is your senator? 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 »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Illinois Has Most Governments -- As Always

Opinion: Illinois Has Most Governments -- As Always

Every five years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a Census of Governments. Illinois always finishes on top. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Conceal Carry? How About Mandatory Carry!

Opinion: Conceal Carry? How About Mandatory Carry!

Satire Alert: As the recent massacres in Colorado and Wisconsin demonstrated, we're only safe if everyone carries a gun. Read »

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: If We Split Illinois Into Two States ...

Opinion: If We Split Illinois Into Two States ...

Angered by Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close the super-max prison in Tamms, a Southern Illinois legislator says it's time to cut Chicago loose. What would happen if Downstaters got the divorce they want? Read »

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Dan Rutherford Is Running For Governor

Opinion: Dan Rutherford Is Running For Governor

The proof? He's the state treasurer. Read »

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Don't Ban Unhealthy Food -- Tax It!

Opinion: Don't Ban Unhealthy Food -- Tax It!

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban sodas over 16 ounces. We wouldn't do that in Illinois. We'd tax it. Read »

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Strip Club Bill Is A Sin Tax, Not A Crime Tax

Opinion: Strip Club Bill Is A Sin Tax, Not A Crime Tax

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is claiming studies have found that strip clubs that serve alcohol are crime generators. Not everyone agrees. 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.
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