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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 »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Chicago to Add 20 More Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

Chicago to Add 20 More Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

The additional bike lanes are part of the mayor's plan to install 100 miles of protected bike lanes by 2015. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

IG Audit Finds Chicago Police Underreported Assaults

A new report from Chicago's Inspector General claims "significant" reporting errors led to city police undercounting some assault-related crimes in 2012. Read »

Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Associated Press

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Moved to Ala. Prison

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Moved to Ala. Prison

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from the federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum security prison camp in Montgomery. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Rauner Ad With Wife Pushes New Bipartisan Platform

Rauner Ad With Wife Pushes New Bipartisan Platform

Rauner finds common ground with his Democratic wife Diana in new ad campaign. Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM
      

Proposal Hikes Penalties for Crooked Valets

Ald. Brendan Reilly says valet operators sometimes use fake parking meter receipts and toss parking tickets. Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Alderman Wants To Downsize Segway Tour Groups

Alderman Wants To Downsize Segway Tour Groups

Alderman Brendan Reilly says big groups of Segway riders take over the sidewalks and cause issues with pedestrians. Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 5:56 AM
      

WATCH: Protester, Reporter Tussle During Obama's Visit

NBC 5's live camera caught portions of an altercation between a protestor and a TV reporter outside the River North restaurant where President Barack Obama was meeting with supporters. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM
Obama Meets Gov. Quinn at O'Hare

Obama Meets Gov. Quinn at O'Hare

President Barack Obama was greeted by Gov. Pat Quinn upon his arrival to O'Hare International Airport. Obama was in Chicago for two Democratic National Committee events. Watch »

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 »

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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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