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Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Pension Critics Seek to Exploit Crisis for Ideology

Opinion: Pension Critics Seek to Exploit Crisis for Ideology

News that Illinois legislative leaders have struck a pension deal has sent those wanting radical restructuring of the state’s pension system into overdrive. Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Needs a New Vision on Budget and Pension

Opinion: Chicago Needs a New Vision on Budget and Pension

A $338.7 million budget deficit is a lot of money. But it’s nothing compared to the nearly $1 billion and more that’s coming down the pike starting in 2015. Read »

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Illinois Credit Rating Cut For 2nd Time This Week

Illinois Credit Rating Cut For 2nd Time This Week

Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday called a special legislative session to focus on a solution to fix Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension shortfall. The move comes after Moody's downgraded the state's credit rating... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

City, Police Sergeants Reach Contract Agreement

City, Police Sergeants Reach Contract Agreement

Four-year contract includes 9 percent pay increase and retiree health care. Read »

Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn: Pension Problem Is Illinois' 'Fiscal Cliff'

Quinn: Pension Problem Is Illinois' 'Fiscal Cliff'

Gov. Pat Quinn says the pension crisis is Illinois' own fiscal cliff. He's set a Jan. 9 deadline to overhaul the pension system, which is underfunded by an estimated $96 billion. On that day, new lawmakers will... 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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