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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM
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By The Associated Press

Rutherford Asks for Dismissal of Sex Harassment Lawsuit

Rutherford Asks for Dismissal of Sex Harassment Lawsuit

A hearing on the motion to dismiss, filed Monday, scheduled for Thursday. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Strip Club Tax Falls Short of Projections

Strip Club Tax Falls Short of Projections

Tax was projected to bring in about $1 million per year when the measure passed the General Assembly in 2012. 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 »

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Congressional Report Presses for E-Cigarette Rules

Congressional Report Presses for E-Cigarette Rules

The report released Monday highlights several issues including an array of flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, the lack of age restrictions and no uniform warning labels. 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 »

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

The bill also states that officers would not be evaluated based on the number of citations they give. Read »

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM
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By Regina Waldroup
      

Quinn, Rauner Make First Joint Appearance

Gov. Pat Quinn and his GOP rival, Bruce Rauner, appeared together for the first time in the 2014 campaign for Illinois governor. Read »

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

House Bill Cracks Down On Rideshare Businesses

House Bill Cracks Down On Rideshare Businesses

Businesses such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar may soon have to drastically change the way they do business in Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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By Associated Press

Rush Says He's Being Investigated by Ethics Group

Rush Says He's Being Investigated by Ethics Group

Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush says the Office of Congressional Ethics is targeting him with an investigation that he says is based on published reports questioning spending by his campaign fund and the... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Cook County Passes Puppy Mill Law

Cook County Passes Puppy Mill Law

Cook County commissioners passed an ordinance Wednesday restricting the retail sales of animals obtained from large-scale commercial breeders. 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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