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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 »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By associated press

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Language imposing a property tax hike for Chicagoans has been removed from legislation overhauling two city pension funds. 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 »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Initiative Aims to Expand Pre-K Vocabulary

City of Chicago announces partnership with PNC Financial Group to raise awareness with parents about the need to talk to their children early and teaches them techniques to expand their child's vocabulary. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

City Pension Deal Increases Property Taxes

Homeowners will pay more in property taxes and some city employees will see their retirement benefits cut under a pension reform plan reportedly unveiled Monday evening. Read »

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Gov. Quinn Opposes Soldier Field Expansion

Gov. Quinn Opposes Soldier Field Expansion

Dreams of Chicago hosting a Super Bowl are getting bleaker by the day. Read »

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Close to Deal With Two City Pension Funds: Report

City Close to Deal With Two City Pension Funds: Report

The Chicago Sun-Times, citing unnamed sources, said talks ramped up after Moody's Investors Services earlier this month downgraded Chicago's credit rating from A3 to Baa1. Read »

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Emanuel Wants 'Complete Report' on Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a full report from BP after a malfunction at the Whiting Refinery in Indiana caused oil to spill into Lake Michigan. 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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