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Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How To Work Your Way Up To Governor

How To Work Your Way Up To Governor

Millionaire Bruce Rauner thinks he can begin his political career in the governor's office. The careers of Illinois governors suggest otherwise. 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 »

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Ryan Should Mentor Future Governors

Opinion: Ryan Should Mentor Future Governors

Now that he's out of prison, George Ryan needs to get a job. Helping other governors stay out of trouble would be a good fit. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Phil Rogers

What Ryan Can Expect in a Halfway House

What Ryan Can Expect in a Halfway House

Former Gov. George Ryan's life in a Chicago halfway house will no doubt be better than the federal prison he's called home for the last five years, but it won't be a walk in the park either. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Convicted Powerbroker Reports to Prison

Convicted Powerbroker Reports to Prison

William Cellini is serving a one-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Ind. Read »

Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Mell Takes "Take Your Daughter To Work Day" Too Far

Opinion: Mell Takes

Ald. Dick Mell -- the man who got his son-in-law elected governor -- now wants his daughter appointed to his city council seat. There ought to be a law against that kind of nepotism. Read »

Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Longtime Ald. Dick Mell Says He's Not Retiring

Longtime Ald. Dick Mell Says He's Not Retiring

The second-longest serving member of Chicago's City Council and one of the city's most powerful aldermen says he's not stepping down. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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By Edward McClelland

"Burris School Of Politics" Begins Next Week

Former senator Roland Burris is now teaching a class in how to get ahead in politics. Read »

Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago's Top 10 Political Stories of 2012

Chicago's Top 10 Political Stories of 2012

From President Obama's re-election to Rod Blagojevich's disgrace, the most important Chicago stories of the year. 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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