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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Study Finds Little Independence on City Council

Study Finds Little Independence on City Council

A new UIC study says aldermen are more likely to vote with Mayor Rahm Emanuel than they were with Richard M. Daley. They say it's because Emanuel is more willing to compromise on ordinances. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Rahm Emanuel Critics Form Caucus

Rahm Emanuel Critics Form Caucus

Nine rebel alderman form the Progressive Reform Caucus Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Ricardo Muñoz

Ricardo Muñoz

Ricardo Muñoz is running in the Democratic primary race for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk. Read »

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Dorothy A. Brown

Dorothy A. Brown

Dorothy A. Brown is running for re-election as the Democratic Party Candidate for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk. Read »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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By Natalie Martinez
      

City Council Approves New Ward Map

Some Chicagoans will soon live in a different ward with a different alderman without having to move. During a special meeting called earlier this week by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the City Council voted Thursday 41-8... Read »

Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Comparing the Ward Maps

Comparing the Ward Maps

We've found detailed maps of the proposals filed by the City Council's Latino Caucus and the Ald. Richard Mell's Rules Committee. Check them out. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Brown Challenges Muñoz's Petitions

Brown Challenges Muñoz's Petitions

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown says Ald. Ricardo Muñoz didn't file enough valid signatures -- even though his petitions contain five times the number required. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Munoz Files For Circuit Court Clerk

Munoz Files For Circuit Court Clerk

The 22nd Ward Alderman promises to reform an office he says suffers from antiquated record-keeping and high-handed mismanagement. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Clerk of Circuit Court Challenger: "I Will Drive Myself"

Clerk of Circuit Court Challenger:

Ald. Ricardo Muñoz doesn't think the Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court rates a driver and security. Read »

Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

What Trash Pickup and Politics Have in Common

What Trash Pickup and Politics Have in Common

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for grid-based trash pickup makes sense because the city's ward map makes no sense. 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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