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Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

How Pensions Will Shape the Election

How Pensions Will Shape the Election

No issue that inflames such passions or matters to so many people ever completely goes away in a campaign. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 4:41 AM
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By Sara Burnett/Kerry Lester

Legislators Prepare for Pension Vote

Legislators Prepare for Pension Vote

Illinois lawmakers were poised Tuesday to vote on a plan to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis — a proposal many are calling the most important vote of their careers and one that could deeply... Read »

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Pricey Capitol Doors Also a Security Hazard

Pricey Capitol Doors Also a Security Hazard

A set of new copper-plated doors at the Illinois state Capitol previously criticized for their exorbitant cost are now under fire for security concerns. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Springfield Bishop Offers Same-Sex Marriage "Exorcism"

Springfield Bishop Offers Same-Sex Marriage

On the same day next week that Gov. Pat Quinn signs the same sex marriage bill in Chicago, Springfield Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki will offer "Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM
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By Ward Room Staff, The Associated Press
      

Gay Marriage Opponents Rally in Springfield

The "Defend Marriage Lobby Day" event is sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute. It follows Tuesday's "March on Springfield" protest by gay marriage supporters. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Lauren Petty

Illinois Becomes Last State To Approve Concealed Carry

Illinois Becomes Last State To Approve Concealed Carry

Both the House and Senate on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Pat Quinn's revised gun bill, making Illinois the final state to allow firearms to be carried in public. Read »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

George Ryan Writing Tell-All Memoir: Report

Former Gov. George Ryan may spill long-buried Springfield secrets in a tell-all book. Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reports the once-imprisoned governor is writing his memoir, and Ryan's son calls it a... Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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By Sara Burnett/ Associated Press

Illinois Lawmakers Weighing Pension Options

Illinois Lawmakers Weighing Pension Options

After years of trying, lawmakers return to Springfield on Monday with something they haven't had before: two potential options for finally addressing Illinois' multibillion-dollar pension problem. Read »

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 8:37 AM
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By John O'Connor

Illinois Lawmakers Face Gambling, Prisons, Assault Weapons

Illinois Lawmakers Face Gambling, Prisons, Assault Weapons

Lawmakers will be staring down some of the higher-profile issues in Illinois when they begin their fall session Tuesday. But resolution of gambling, state facility closures, immigration and medical marijuana... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Amendment 49 Would Change Rules For Raising Pensions

Amendment 49 Would Change Rules For Raising Pensions

A little-publicized amendment on the November ballot would require a three-fifths vote to raise public employee pensions. 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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