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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 2:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

The progressive group that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is shifting its focus to Chicago ahead of a mayoral race that could see Rahm Emanuel battling union leader-activist Karen Lewis. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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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 »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM
      

Construction Begins on Wolf Point West

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand to Friday to help break ground on a new 48-story, $160 million development. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 12:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Spends $10K on Cheesecake Deliveries

Emanuel Spends $10K on Cheesecake Deliveries

If you donate cash to Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign, expect to find a gift-wrapped cheesecake on your doorstep. The Chicago mayor doled out really big money -- about $10,000 in total -- on cheesecake... Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Stopping short of an official endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush says encourages Karen Lewis to challenge Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's upcoming mayoral election. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

ATF Adding 7 Agents to Help Combat Chicago Violence

Seven additional agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives will be sent to Chicago to help combat the city’s violence. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Watch Out, Karen. The Knives Will be Long and Sharp.

Opinion: Watch Out, Karen. The Knives Will be Long and Sharp.

A Lewis campaign would be at the center of a number of political issues and dynamics currently running loose in this country. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library Foundation Unmasks Identities of Deep-Pocketed Donors

Obama Library Foundation Unmasks Identities of Deep-Pocketed Donors

Since launching earlier this year, the Barack Obama Foundation has raised as much as $1.75 million from deep-pocketed donors like Chicago investor Michael Sacks for the construction of a presidential library and... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Toni Preckwinkle Rules Out Run for Chicago Mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has decided not to run against Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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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 .