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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Debate over President Barack Obama's presidential library and museum is getting hotter by the millisecond -- or so it seems -- as Illinois politicians, media pundits and the voting public weigh in on whether... Read »

4 hours ago
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By Alexandria Fisher

One Million Divvy Trips Taken in Chicago

One Million Divvy Trips Taken in Chicago

Looks like Chicagoans are Divvying up. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Chicago Officials React to Violent Easter Weekend

Chicago's second warm weekend of the season was marked with violence: Nine people were killed and at least 35 were injured in a series of mostly gang-related incidents. 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 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 »

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By mary ann ahern
      

Ald. Fioretti Cranks Up Rahm Criticism

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a vocal critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, offered his most stinging criticism yet at a speech Monday at the City Club of Chicago. 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 »

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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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