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4 hours ago
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By Ward Room Staff
 

More Cops on Bikes Will Patrol High-Crime Areas

Effort is an expansion of the department's "Operation Impact" strategy that was launched last year. Read »

6 hours ago
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By Associated Press

Blagojevich Campaign Account Donates Final Dollars

Blagojevich Campaign Account Donates Final Dollars

A federal campaign account for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now empty, two years into the Chicago Democrat's prison term. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

First Lady Welcomes CPS Students on College Visit

First Lady Welcomes CPS Students on College Visit

First Lady Michelle Obama and rapper Bow Wow welcomed dozens of Chicago high schoolers to Howard University in Washington Thursday afternoon. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Judge Puts Off Ruling in Suit Against Rutherford

Judge Puts Off Ruling in Suit Against Rutherford

A federal judge has delayed a decision about granting Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's request to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a former employee. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM
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By Colleen Connolly
      

Mayor Assembles Task Force for George Lucas Museum

The 12-member team is searching for the best potential location for the museum. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Associated Press

Emanuel Urges State to Pitch in $100M for Obama Library

Emanuel Urges State to Pitch in $100M for Obama Library

Several sites — most on Chicago's South Side — want to become home to the library and museum. Hawaii and New York also are vying for it. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 5:23 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board than past attempts to expand gambling, but the plan also drew criticism... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 4:20 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Chicago Congressman Heads to Ukraine

Chicago Congressman Heads to Ukraine

Congressman Mike Quigley is headed to the chaos of Ukraine. The North Side congressman will be part of a delegation that leaves in the next few days. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Quinn Leads Rauner in Campaign Cash

Get ready for a pricey Illinois governor's race. 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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