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Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Year-Round City Sticker Sales Eliminate Design Contest

Year-Round City Sticker Sales Eliminate Design Contest

A push to sell Chicago city stickers year-round will scrap the recently controversial sticker design contest. Read »

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How To Buy A City Sticker Without Leaving Your Hood

How To Buy A City Sticker Without Leaving Your Hood

The new Aldermanic Will Call and Ward Sales programs will allow you to avoid a convenience fee at that skeevy currency exchange. Read »

Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Runner-Up in City Sticker Contest Pulls Out

Runner-Up in City Sticker Contest Pulls Out

Another twist in the city sticker drama, the City Clerk's office announced Saturday that the runner up has pulled out and they will use a third design for the 2012-2013 city vehicle stickers --one designed by... Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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By Natalie Martinez

Clerk to Give Sticker Designer His $1K

Clerk to Give Sticker Designer His $1K

The 15-year-old designer of Chicago's now-scrapped city sticker will get his winnings after all. City Clerk Susana Mendoza's office confirmed Thursday the clerk will still award Lawrence Hall Youth Services... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM
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By BJ Lutz

City Goes With Runner-Up Sticker

City Goes With Runner-Up Sticker

City officials on Wednesday pulled the original winner after controversy brewed, with many saying it contained symbolism associated with a notorious street gang. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz & Natalie Martinez

Clerk to Meet with Gang Experts About Sticker

Clerk to Meet with Gang Experts About Sticker

City Clerk Susana Mendoza is in talks with Chicago gang experts, including Jody Weis, to discuss the content of the new city sticker and whether it contains gang symbolism. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Gang Signs in New City Sticker?

Gang Signs in New City Sticker?

Chicago's city clerk on Tuesday said she would mull over what to do about the upcoming vehicle sticker design that purportedly contains symbolism tied to the Maniac Latin Disciples. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Vote on Ward Remap Scheduled for Thursday

Vote on Ward Remap Scheduled for Thursday

If 41 of the 50 aldermen can't agree on what Chicago's ward map should look like, the question will be put to voters in the March 20th Primary Election. Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Mendoza to Fight Proposed City Sticker Hike

"I just found out about the city sticker proposal today," Mendoza said Wednesday. "Frankly I am in strong opposition. I think that maybe had they reached out to us earlier we could have provided them with a... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Jeff Goldblatt

City Clerk Wants Ads on Vehicle Stickers

Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza says ads could hold down costs drivers pay, bring value to customers. Read »

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Bruce Rauner

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Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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