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Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Interest on Illinois' Unpaid Bills Reached $318M

Interest payments on Illinois' late bills cost the state $318 million last year — enough to cover the annual budget of the Illinois State Police. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Final TV Debate Today for GOP Gov Hopefuls

Final TV Debate Today for GOP Gov Hopefuls

Thursday's forum is hosted by Chicago's WTTW-TV. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff & Associated Press
      

Martin Sheen, Quinn Push Minimum Wage Boost

Illinois governor has made increasing the minimum wage a big part of his platform as he seeks another term, saying the increase is about "dignity and decency." Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Goes Hollywood For Campaign Fundraising

Quinn Goes Hollywood For Campaign Fundraising

The Chicago Democrat flew to Los Angeles on Friday for a fundraiser attended by actors and others in the movie industry. Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM
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By Associated Press

Clerk's Spouse Earned $146K From Troubled Program

Clerk's Spouse Earned $146K From Troubled Program

Tens of thousands of dollars earmarked for a Chicago anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 was paid to the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, causing at least one top... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rivals Rip Rauner in Republican Debate

He is the only non-elected official of the four republicans running for governor and first-time candidate and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is leading the polls, the only one currently with enough money to run... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Quinn Grabs de Blasio Guru to Run Campaign

Quinn Grabs de Blasio Guru to Run Campaign

Here’s a tip for all of you campaign watchers out there with your eye on the 2014 race for Illinois governor: Count Pat Quinn out at your own risk. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Manufacturing Hub Gives Rahm, Quinn Plenty to Smile About

Manufacturing Hub Gives Rahm, Quinn Plenty to Smile About

In Chicago, $320 million ain’t nothing to sneeze at. Especially in an election year. Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Quinn to Huddle With Obama on Minimum Wage

While National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., Governor Pat Quinn is meeting today with President Obama and senior White Officials over efforts to raise the minimum wage. Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 8:44 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Governor's Office Audit Finds Staffing Issues

Governor's Office Audit Finds Staffing Issues

As politicians statewide discuss the best strategies for putting Illinoisans back to work, it would appear there are plenty of opportunities right at the state level. 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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