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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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By Sophia Tareen
      

House Republican Leader Announces Bid for Treasurer

So far, DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan has said he's also seeking the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, state Sen. Mike Frerichs of Champaign has said he's running. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

GOP Leaders Want Photos on Link Cards

GOP Leaders Want Photos on Link Cards

Lawmakers say welfare reform bill could save state millions. Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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By Associated Press, Sara Burnett

Illinois GOP Didn't Have Votes to Oust Chairman

Illinois GOP Didn't Have Votes to Oust Chairman

The Illinois Republican Party central committee has canceled Saturday's scheduled meeting in which it was to consider firing party chairman Pat Brady. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:49 AM
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By Sara Burnett & Sophia Tareen
      

Illinois Pension Proposal Faces Uncertain Future

The future of a potential solution to Illinois' mounting pension problem was hazy Tuesday, as House lawmakers entered the final full day of a lame-duck session not knowing whether the plan that seeks more worker... Read »

Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

Illinois House Adjourns Without Pension Vote

Illinois House Adjourns Without Pension Vote

Lawmakers will return to session at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Now Dem Leaders Want Derrick Smith Out

Now Dem Leaders Want Derrick Smith Out

Secretary of State Jesse White and other party bosses are calling on the embattled state rep to leave the statehouse. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

State GOP Leaders Push Income Tax Repeal

State GOP Leaders Push Income Tax Repeal

The state's top Republican leaders say Illinois' income tax hike hasn't been a solution to the state's fiscal problems, and they're pushing for an immediate repeal. Read »

Friday, Dec 9, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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By Edward McClelland

To Today's GOP, Reagan Would Be a Socialist

To Today's GOP, Reagan Would Be a Socialist

Illinois House Republicans refuse to increase the Earned Income Tax Credit, one of Ronald Reagan's pet tax cuts. 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.
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