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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM
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By Associated Press

Obama Says US to Host Next Nuclear Summit in 2016

Obama Says US to Host Next Nuclear Summit in 2016

President Barack Obama says world leaders will convene in the United States in 2016 for the next Nuclear Security Summit. 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 »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Rahm Supports Obama's Call For $10 Minimum Wage

Rahm Supports Obama's Call For $10 Minimum Wage

Emanuel released a statement Wednesday saying he "strongly supports" the measure. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Obama Stays Loyal to White Sox During Boston Trip

Obama Stays Loyal to White Sox During Boston Trip

President Barack Obama visited Boston Wednesday, the same day the Red Sox will try to clinch a World Series title, but that didn't mean he was willing to change Sox. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Shutdown Shows Republicans Have Dumped Their Old BFF, Corporate America

Opinion: Shutdown Shows Republicans Have Dumped Their Old BFF, Corporate America

Was once upon a time that when Big Business in this country came a-callin’ The Republican Party was quick to answer. Read »

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 »

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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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