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Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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By Carol Marin

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Even though incumbent Pat Quinn easily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday nights election results in some downstate counties show some troubling spots as he seeks his second full term. Read »

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 7:02 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Opinion: Why Won't Quinn Debate?

The lone primary challenger to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman, won't get a chance to debate his opponent anytime before the March 18 primary. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Hardiman Campaign Suffers Blow in Mixed Residency Ruling

Hardiman Campaign Suffers Blow in Mixed Residency Ruling

For an long-shot campaign for governor like the one Tio Hardiman is waging in the upcoming March Democratic primary, everything has to go right to even have a chance. Read »

Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Hardiman Campaign Hinges on Running Mate Ruling

Hardiman Campaign Hinges on Running Mate Ruling

Hardiman's campaign awaits ruling that could ultimately jeopardize his ability to stay on the ballot in the March primary for governor. Read »

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM
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Tio Hardiman Announces Run for Governor

Tio Hardiman has thrown his name into the mix in the running for lllinois governor. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Alexandria Fisher
      

Governor's Race Heats Up

The race for Illinois governor continues to take shape as potential candidates roll in, or out. Read »

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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By Lindsay Smith
      

FOP Not Thrilled With CeaseFire, CPD Deal

Money would be better spent hiring policemen and teachers, says Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields. 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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