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Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 5:42 AM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Durbin Calls For More Trucking Oversight

A deadly crash in Illinois involving a truck driver accused of staying at the wheel for more than 35 hours without a long enough break prompted a call Thursday for tougher oversight of drivers and trucking... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Sen. Durbin Calls for "Stand Your Ground" Changes

Sen. Durbin Calls for

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin held a hearing Tuesday on state "stand your ground" laws. The hearing was held in light of the controversial death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot by George... Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Durbin Announces Funds to Hire 15 New Chicago Cops

Durbin Announces Funds to Hire 15 New Chicago Cops

Agency supplies Chicago with $1.9 million to hire or rehire officers. Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Commerce Secretary confirmation hearings scheduled for Thursday. Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Sen. Durbin Confirms Run for Re-Election

Sen. Durbin Confirms Run for Re-Election

Sen. Dick Durbin will run for re-election for 2014, the Senator told NBC Chicago Saturday. 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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