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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

GOP Chair Compares Madigan to Blago

GOP Chair Compares Madigan to Blago

Pat Brady says House Speaker Michael Madigan "would make Rod Blagojevich blush" for pushing to restore teachers' pensions to lobbyists. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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By Alise Blunk

Politicos React, Skewer Blago

Politicos React, Skewer Blago

"The former Governor will now have plenty of time to consider his performance over these years and quietly assess the consequences of his actions," said Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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By Edward McClelland

"Occupy Madiganville," says GOP

Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois GOP, thinks the Occupy protestors should picket House Speaker Michael Madigan's office. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

GOP Runs Contest to Guess on Quinn's Next Signing

GOP Runs Contest to Guess on Quinn's Next Signing

Win a TGIFriday's gift card courtesy of the state GOP. Read »

Monday, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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By Carol Marin

Brady: Illinois GOP Leads Nation in Phone Calls

Brady: Illinois GOP Leads Nation in Phone Calls
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Phone banks humming Monday as candidates stump. 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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