Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

A prominent conservative leader calls Brady's agreement to lobby for same-sex marriage "an unholy quest." Read »

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Kirk Said In 2010 He'd Vote Against Immigration Reform

Kirk Said In 2010 He'd Vote Against Immigration Reform

In 2010, Senate candidate Mark Kirk told the Tribune editorial board he wouldn't support granting legal status to undocumented immigrants unless the U.S. increased security on the Mexican border. That's just how... Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk's vote on the background check bill validates my vote for Senator Kirk. Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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By Associated Press, Sara Burnett

Illinois GOP Didn't Have Votes to Oust Chairman

Illinois GOP Didn't Have Votes to Oust Chairman

The Illinois Republican Party central committee has canceled Saturday's scheduled meeting in which it was to consider firing party chairman Pat Brady. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Associated Press

Republicans Delay House Hearing On Firearms Bill

Republicans Delay House Hearing On Firearms Bill

Illinois House Republicans have called a caucus meeting before debate could begin on two dozen proposals concerning legislation allowing the concealed carry of weapons. Read »

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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By Regina Garcia Cano/ Associated Press

Quinn Plans to 'Modernize' Voter Registration

Quinn Plans to 'Modernize' Voter Registration

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants to modernize state election law by allowing would-be voters to skip visits to the courthouse or village hall by registering on their home computers. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Daley's Open Primary Plan Aims at Madigan

Opinion: Daley's Open Primary Plan Aims at Madigan

Bill Daley wants to be governor, but he also wants to make sure the governorship is worth holding. That's not the case while House Speaker Michael Madigan has absolute control over his Democratic caucus. Read »

Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Open Up The Primaries

Opinion: Open Up The Primaries

Allowing voters to choose candidates from both parties would lead to more middle-of-the-road politicians. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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By Katy Wolpoff

Barbara Ruth Bellar

Barbara Ruth Bellar

Barbara Ruth Bellar is running for the state Senate seat in the 18th District. Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer is running for the Republican Party Candidate for the 12th Congressional District. 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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