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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Pension Crisis Leads Daley Closer to Run for Governor

Pension Crisis Leads Daley Closer to Run for Governor

Democrat William Daley reportedly said the state’s failure to address the pension crisis during spring session last week moved him closer to announcing a decision on whether to run for Governor of Illinois in... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Daley's Open Primary Plan Aims at Madigan

Opinion: Daley's Open Primary Plan Aims at Madigan

Bill Daley wants to be governor, but he also wants to make sure the governorship is worth holding. That's not the case while House Speaker Michael Madigan has absolute control over his Democratic caucus. Read »

Friday, Dec 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

When Hitchens Came to Chicago

When Hitchens Came to Chicago

Two boozy, provocative visits from the controversial journalist, who died last night. 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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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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