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Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Preckwinkle Finds An Issue In School Closings

If Cook County School Board President Toni Preckwinkle decides to run for mayor, she can continue her criticism of Rahm Emanuel on school closings. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Cook County president tells Sun-Times that too many schools are marked for closure. Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM
Crash Victim's Brother Sues Cook County Sheriff's Department

Crash Victim's Brother Sues Cook County Sheriff's Department

Brian McCann joins with Judicial Watch organization seeking to overturn Cook County ordinance that doesn't require law enforcement to contact immigration officials when a suspected illegal illegal immigrants. Watch »

Monday, Apr 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM
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By Lisa Balde

New $25 Gun Tax Begins In Cook County

New $25 Gun Tax Begins In Cook County

Buying a gun in Cook County officially became more expensive this week. A new $25 tax on every gun purchased in the county took effect Monday as part of County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to pay for... Read »

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Run, Toni, Run!

Opinion: Run, Toni, Run!

Why Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle should run for mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why Elites Don't Think CPS Is Important To City's Future

Opinion: Why Elites Don't Think CPS Is Important To City's Future

The people who run Chicago weren't educated in the public schools, and don't expect them to produce the global citizens who keep the city competitive. So why spend money there? Read »

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Toni At 25

Toni At 25

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talks to WBEZ about what she was doing as a young woman. Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM
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By Michael Tarm
      

Prosecutors: Beavers Lied About Campaign Money

A prosecutor told jurors at an influential Chicago Democrat's tax evasion trial Thursday that he spent thousands from his campaign coffers at a casino, falsely declaring he'd spent it on campaign signs. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM
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By Michael Tarm

No Black Men in Beavers Jury Pool; Defense Objects

No Black Men in Beavers Jury Pool; Defense Objects

Race became an issue Tuesday at the tax-evasion trial of an influential Cook County commissioner after the defense complained there were no black men in an initial jury pool and asked for it to be dismissed. Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Chicago Mag Names City's Most Powerful People

Chicago’s got the power.
Or at least it has some powerful people according to Chicago’s Power 100 by Chicagomag.com. 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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