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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

As NBC Chicago previously reported, in devastating detail, at least 40 people were shot over the weekend resulting in four fatalities. The key to curbing the gun-fueled bloodshed in Illinois could be prison... Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM
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By Christian Farr
      

Chicago Summit Addresses Gang Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago's police superintendent and community leaders Monday for a closed-door meeting to solve the city's crime epidemic. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM
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By Associated Press

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation plan to speak on the floor of the House of Representative about gun violence in Chicago. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent -- 'Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring "Simpsons" character -- delivered an especially batty Twitter rant... Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM
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By Associated Press

State May Suspend Quinn Anti-Violence Investigation: Report

State May Suspend Quinn Anti-Violence Investigation: Report

State Sen. Jason Barickman, co-chair of the Legislative Audit Commission, released a statement Wednesday evening detailing a Justice Department request made earlier in the day by two Washington, D.C.-based staff... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ald. Danny Solis Suggests Chicago Peace Corps to Curb Violence

Ald. Danny Solis Suggests Chicago Peace Corps to Curb Violence

Ald. Danny Solis says Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his City Hall policy team are "looking" at his intriguing pitch to create a Chicago Peace Corps as part of a long-term strategy to curb the city's deadly street... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By natalie martinez
      

Prayer Vigil Decries Holiday Weekend Violence

A prayer vigil was held in the Roseland neighborhood Monday to speak out about the violence over the long weekend. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Bloody Holiday Creates More Than One Reality In Chicago

Opinion: Bloody Holiday Creates More Than One Reality In Chicago

Amid the beer and brats, fireworks and festivals, did you hear the sound of gunfire ringing in the air? If you didn’t, you can rest assured many, many of your fellow Chicagoans did. Read »

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Violence in Chicago: "What Is Rahm Emanuel Going to Do About This?"

Violence in Chicago:

Late Friday afternoon, in broad daylight, 51-year-old South Sider Charles Short was gunned down on the street and pronounced dead at the scene, with bullet wounds to his head and chest. When Norine Taylor... Read »

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Tribune Calls Emanuel a 'Walking Personality Disorder'

Chicago Tribune Calls Emanuel a 'Walking Personality Disorder'

The gloves are off between the Chicago Tribune and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a brutal take-down of Emanuel, Kristen McQueary -- who sits on the traditionally conservative editorial board of the newspaper -- took... 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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