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Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM
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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 »

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 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 »

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM
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By Associated Press

Kirk Proposes Bill to Alert Travelers About Passport Checks

Kirk Proposes Bill to Alert Travelers About Passport Checks

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants the federal government to alert American air travelers about which airports around the world are failing to routinely check passengers for stolen passports. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 5:56 AM
      

State Lawmakers Pass Chicago Pension Overhaul

The state Legislature has approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for overhauling two Chicago pension programs, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois House OKs Chicago Pension Overhaul

Illinois House OKs Chicago Pension Overhaul

The Illinois House has approved a plan to overhaul two Chicago pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Second City Sends Pothole Message to Rahm Emanuel

Second City comedians have a message for Mayor Rahm Emanuel about Chicago's potholes—“Thank you.” Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

IG Audit Finds Chicago Police Underreported Assaults

A new report from Chicago's Inspector General claims "significant" reporting errors led to city police undercounting some assault-related crimes in 2012. Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Alderman Wants To Downsize Segway Tour Groups

Alderman Wants To Downsize Segway Tour Groups

Alderman Brendan Reilly says big groups of Segway riders take over the sidewalks and cause issues with pedestrians. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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By Associated PRess/Alexandria Fisher
      

Rahm's Pension Fix Clears Committee, Heads to House

An Illinois House committee has given quick approval to a plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bail out two Chicago pension systems. 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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