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Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Daley: Nation Must Seize Moment, Embrace Gun Reforms

Daley: Nation Must Seize Moment, Embrace Gun Reforms

Richard Daley, the mayor of Chicago when the city banned handguns more than two decades ago, says the nation "must seize this rare moment of shared outrage" and move forward with stronger gun regulations at the... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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By Edward McClelland

You're So Vain, I'll Bet You Think This Post Is About You

You're So Vain, I'll Bet You Think This Post Is About You

Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson plead guilty, as vanity undoes two more politicians. Read »

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Mag's Power 100 Looks A Lot Like Ward Room

Chicago Mag's Power 100 Looks A Lot Like Ward Room

Check out the overlap. Read »

Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why Chicago Is America's Murder Capital

Opinion: Why Chicago Is America's Murder Capital

Like so many of our city's problems, it can be traced back to segregation. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Taxpayers Off the Hook in Koschman Investigation

Taxpayers Off the Hook in Koschman Investigation

Going forward, the investigation into a 2004 homicide allegedly involving former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew will not cost taxpayers a dime. Read »

Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Webb To Interview Daley Security In Koschman Death

Webb To Interview Daley Security In Koschman Death

Members of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's security detail reportedly are being questioned in the investigation of the involuntary manslaughter case against his nephew. 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 »

Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Judge Named in Vanecko Case

Richard "RJ" Vanecko faces involuntary manslaughter charges for the 2004 death of David Koschman. He has pleaded not guilty. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Bill Daley Defends One of Dad's Worst Decisions

Opinion: Bill Daley Defends One of Dad's Worst Decisions

Bill Daley, who is considering a run for governor, says his father showed leadership and "guts" by tearing down LIttle Italy to make way for the University of Illinois-Chicago. According to Old Man Daley's... Read »

Friday, Dec 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

McHenry County Judge To Preside Over Vanecko Case

The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered a judge from McHenry County to preside over the Cook County case of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew, Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko. 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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