Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By michelle relerford, phil rogers
      

Illinois Senators Target Gangster Disciples Gang

Bipartisan pair believe plan could involved up to 18,000 arrests. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Mark Kirk Calls For Pension Reform

Mark Kirk Calls For Pension Reform

Senator demands legislators find bipartisan solution to state's fiscal crisis. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Report: Sen. Kirk Co-Sponsored Bills for Girlfriend's Clients

Report: Sen. Kirk Co-Sponsored Bills for Girlfriend's Clients

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk used his status as a lawmaker to pass legislation that benefited a woman to whom he has been romantically linked, according to reports. Read »

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 3:16 PM
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By Victoria Coleman

Senator Kirk Gets A Wellness Check From President Obama

Senator Kirk Gets A Wellness Check From President Obama

Senator Mark Kirk tweeted his appreciation for a call he received from President Obama. 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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Authors
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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