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Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois to Open Mexico Trade Office in Chicago

Illinois to Open Mexico Trade Office in Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn said the center on Chicago's west side will aim to help Mexican Americans with social and civil services Read »

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 7:02 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Opinion: Why Won't Quinn Debate?

The lone primary challenger to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman, won't get a chance to debate his opponent anytime before the March 18 primary. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs Bill Delaying Budget Address

Quinn Signs Bill Delaying Budget Address

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting more time before he delivers his annual budget address. Read »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Quinn Moving Budget Address After Primary Election

Gov. Pat Quinn's budget address, originally scheduled for Feb. 19, will be moved to the week after the Illinois primary, Ward Room has learned. Read »

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Emanuel Seeks Help In Dealing with City Pension Shortfall

Emanuel Seeks Help In Dealing with City Pension Shortfall

A few days after Gov. Pat Quinn gave a State of the State speech without mentioning Chicago’s looming pension crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reaching out to lawmakers in Springfield for help. Read »

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Does Illinois Have a Coherent Corporate Tax Policy?

Opinion: Does Illinois Have a Coherent Corporate Tax Policy?

Madigan’s latest gambit has the smack of political opportunism about it, a road we’ve been down before when it comes to politicizing corporate tax policy. Read »

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Opinion: Quinn Swings, Misses on State of State

Give Governor Pat Quinn this: as campaign themes go, “getting the job done” and “Illinois is making a comeback” aren’t the worst ideas ever. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

5 Things to Know About Quinn's State of the State

5 Things to Know About Quinn's State of the State

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to give his annual State of the State speech Wednesday, the second time he has addressed state legislators and constitutional officers during an election year since taking office in 2009. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Full Text: Quinn's State of the State Address

Full Text: Quinn's State of the State Address

"Illinois is making a comeback," Gov. Pat Quinn told legislators in annual address. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

5 Themes from Quinn's State of the State

5 Themes from Quinn's State of the State

Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday said he's worked to rebuild Illinois "one hard step at a time" since he took office five years ago during what he called a "perfect storm" of government corruption, economic collapse,... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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.

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Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Ed Burke

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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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