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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Charter Advocates Want It Both Ways On Empty Schools

Opinion: Charter Advocates Want It Both Ways On Empty Schools

A debate is raging on the West Side of Chicago over whether a recently shuttered Chicago Public School should be used by a private charter school operator who wants to repurpose the building for its own... Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Hey, Chicago Politicians—Want to Get Close to Rahm? Take the Plunge

Hey, Chicago Politicians—Want to Get Close to Rahm? Take the Plunge

In Chicago, a few minutes with the Mayor--even in freezing Lake Michigan--is a rare commodity. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 5:44 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Correction: City Did Respond to FOIA

Correction: City Did Respond to FOIA

Ward Room owes Chicago's Board of Ethics an apology. We messed up. Read »

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Emanuel on Cartel Leader Guzman: 'We Will Be Ready'

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city will be prepared for a just-captured cartel leader if he's ever extradited to face trial in the nation's third largest city. Read »

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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By BJ Lutz

"#SwimmyFallon" Confirms He'll Do Polar Plunge

The new "Tonight Show" host confirmed via Twitter on Monday morning that he'd join Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Sunday's Polar Plunge -- the annual dip into Lake Michigan that benefits the Special Olympics. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Manufacturing Hub Gives Rahm, Quinn Plenty to Smile About

Manufacturing Hub Gives Rahm, Quinn Plenty to Smile About

In Chicago, $320 million ain’t nothing to sneeze at. Especially in an election year. Read »

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

City Hires More Crews to Fix Chicago's Pothole Problem

City Hires More Crews to Fix Chicago's Pothole Problem

The city is taking a few extra measures to make sure it fixes Chicago's pothole problem. Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Survey Shows Arts Education Reality Doesn't Match CPS Promises

Survey Shows Arts Education Reality Doesn't Match CPS Promises

Take a listen to the public pronouncements of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public School officials, and you could be forgiven for believing one thing: every student in every grade and every school across... Read »

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Fallon May Do Polar Plunge in Chicago With Rahm

Fallon May Do Polar Plunge in Chicago With Rahm

In a one-on-one interview Thursday, Chicago's mayor said he'd spoken to the new "Tonight Show" host by phone about doing the Chicago Polar Plunge on March 2. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Rahm Accepts "Tonight Show" Invitation With Caveat

Rahm Accepts

In making the media rounds last month to promote his incarnation of the program, new host Jimmy Fallon said the mayor has an open invitation to make a guest appearance -- or more. 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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