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Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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By Associated Press

1963 Loyola Championship Team Goes to White House

1963 Loyola Championship Team Goes to White House

Members of Loyola's 1963 national championship basketball team are heading to Washington to meet with President Barack Obama. Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Contenders Line Up to Lure Obama's Library

Contenders Line Up to Lure Obama's Library

Hawaii, Chicago South Side communities seek presidential library and museum. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Obama Avoids Hockey Trash Talk In Boston

Obama Avoids Hockey Trash Talk In Boston

President smartly stays away from subject while stumping for Massachusetts candidate. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama to Attend Chicago Fundraisers This Week

Obama to Attend Chicago Fundraisers This Week

President Barack Obama will be back in Chicago Wednesday, May 29, to attend to Democratic fundraisers. Read »

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

The Illinois House has reportedly extended its deadline one week for considering a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 3:46 PM
Valerie Jarrett Discusses Life In The White House

Valerie Jarrett Discusses Life In The White House

One of President Barack Obama's closest advisers talks to Carol Marin about the stress and joy of working with the most powerful man in the world. Watch »

Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Chicago Officer Among Those Honored by Obama

Chicago Officer Among Those Honored by Obama

Del Pearson is among 43 recipients of the 2013 National Association of Police Organizations' TOP COPS award. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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By Phil Rogers

New Jihadi Magazine Targets American Drones, Obama

New Jihadi Magazine Targets American Drones, Obama

The magazine features a poster featuring crosshairs covering an image of President Obama, with the words, “Wanted Dead Only." A secondary caption states, "Barack Obama, mass murderer. Reward: in the hereafter." Read »

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Conan Makes Rahm Joke at Correspondents' Dinner

Ever wonder if television had a series about some of Washington’s biggest politicians who would play them? Well, Conan O’Brien has your answers, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s character shouldn’t come as a... Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Rod Blagojevich Is Bad for the Resume

Rod Blagojevich Is Bad for the Resume

The Obama administration has announced that former Illinois Democratic Party stalwart Sheila Nix has taken the job of Chief of Staff for Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. But her time as a... 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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