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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Stevenson Family's "Hereditary Case of Politics"

The Stevenson Family's

Former Sen. Adlai Stevenson III says Illinois's political dynasties are afflicted with "an incurable, hereditary case of politics." Adlai IV broke the chain by becoming a reporter for NBC5, and McLean played... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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By Edward McClelland

In Chicago or Of Chicago?

In Chicago or Of Chicago?

A list of celebrities who embody Chicago vs. celebrities who use it as a platform to attain fame. Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Hard Is It To Defeat An Incumbent Mayor?

How Hard Is It To Defeat An Incumbent Mayor?

Not so hard, as long as he or she isn't a Daley. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why Elites Don't Think CPS Is Important To City's Future

Opinion: Why Elites Don't Think CPS Is Important To City's Future

The people who run Chicago weren't educated in the public schools, and don't expect them to produce the global citizens who keep the city competitive. So why spend money there? Read »

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Great Political Quotes Quiz

Name the source of these famous Chicago political quotes. Read »

Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Who's Your (Political) Daddy?

Who's Your (Political) Daddy?

The Illinois politics nepotism roll call. 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 »

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 »

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Who We're Covering
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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