Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Illinois’ Credit Rating May Improve

Illinois’ Credit Rating May Improve

Illinois may find itself with a bit of good news in the wake of the recently signed pension reform bill: a better credit rating. Read »

Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Pension Crisis Endangers Chicago's Future

Pension Crisis Endangers Chicago's Future

More teachers losing their jobs, thousands fewer police and firefighters on duty, less frequent trash collection and miles of potholed roads going unrepaired — all as property taxes soar. That's the scenario... Read »

Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois' Temporary Income Tax Hike Might Stay

Illinois' Temporary Income Tax Hike Might Stay

Illinois’ temporary income-tax increase that’s set to expire at the of 2014 may not be going anywhere anytime soon, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. Read »

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff
      

Quinn Signs Illinois Pension Overhaul Into Law

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a landmark overhaul aimed at fixing Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis. Read »

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

New Numbers Help Bring Pension Deal Into Focus

New Numbers Help Bring Pension Deal Into Focus

How much will the new pension deal change public employees' retirement benefits? It could be a lot. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM
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By Sara Burnett/Associated Press

Why the Pension Fix Could Backfire on Illinois

Why the Pension Fix Could Backfire on Illinois

Legislative leaders, anticipating a legal challenge from public-employee unions once the landmark bill approved Tuesday is signed, went extra lengths to bolster the law's odds in the courtroom — including an... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

How Pensions Will Shape the Election

How Pensions Will Shape the Election

No issue that inflames such passions or matters to so many people ever completely goes away in a campaign. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 12:33 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Reactions to Pension Bill Mixed

Gov. Pat Quinn is celebrating the passage of the pension bill, but not everyone is happy about it. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley
      

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Pension Bill

Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill proposed to fund the state's $100 billion unfunded pension liability. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 4:41 AM
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By Sara Burnett/Kerry Lester

Legislators Prepare for Pension Vote

Legislators Prepare for Pension Vote

Illinois lawmakers were poised Tuesday to vote on a plan to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis — a proposal many are calling the most important vote of their careers and one that could deeply... 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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