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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 11:08 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

One Million Divvy Trips Taken in Chicago

One Million Divvy Trips Taken in Chicago

Looks like Chicagoans are Divvying up. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

POLL: Michael Madigan Less Popular than Gov. Quinn

POLL: Michael Madigan Less Popular than Gov. Quinn

A new poll from Capitol Fax's Rich Miller and We Ask America pegs Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan with an unfavorable rating of 65 percent, placing him a 10 points of negativity above Gov. Pat Quinn, who... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Democrats Eye Chicago, 14 Other Cities for 2016 Convention

Democrats Eye Chicago, 14 Other Cities for 2016 Convention

Chicago has a shot at hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Chicago Officials React to Violent Easter Weekend

Chicago's second warm weekend of the season was marked with violence: Nine people were killed and at least 35 were injured in a series of mostly gang-related incidents. Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

More Cops on Bikes Will Patrol High-Crime Areas

Effort is an expansion of the department's "Operation Impact" strategy that was launched last year. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM
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By Colleen Connolly
      

Mayor Assembles Task Force for George Lucas Museum

The 12-member team is searching for the best potential location for the museum. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 5:23 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board than past attempts to expand gambling, but the plan also drew criticism... 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 »

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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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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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