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Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Bike Licensing Fee Idea Poor Policy

Opinion: Bike Licensing Fee Idea Poor Policy

Certainly, the city needs new revenues, and I’m all for smart, sustainable licensing. But this is neither. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Nesita Kwan
      

Pullman Walmart To Open With CTA Bus Service After All

When Chicago's city council approved a Super Walmart in the Pullman neighborhood two years ago, aldermen hoped it would change the community's economic outlook and wipe out its food dessert status. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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By Lisa Balde

As It Happened: 2nd District Special Election

As It Happened: 2nd District Special Election

Low voter turnout and an approaching storm could bring Tuesday’s 2nd District primary down to a close call. Who will win the seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. in November? Follow our coverage all day of the... Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Halvorson, Kelly, Beale Sprint To 2nd District Finish

Candidates vying to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. made their final push before Tuesday's special primary in the 2nd District. Read »

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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By Associated Press

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

Candidates Make Final Push Before Tuesday Election

The candidates vying to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. are making their final push before Tuesday's election. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

More Candidates Officially Join Race for JJJ's Seat

More Candidates Officially Join Race for JJJ's Seat

Three more candidates officially cast their hats into the ring for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacant seat on Sunday. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Candidates Begin Filing Petitions For JJJr's Seat

Candidates Begin Filing Petitions For JJJr's Seat

Ald. Anthony Beale, Sen. Toi Hutchinson, former Rep. Robin Kelly, incoming Sen. Napoleon Harris and Clifford Eagleton met the 8 a.m. deadline to be eligible for a drawing that determines the top ballot spot. Read »

Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rahm Proposes Taxi Upgrades, Reforms

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday a large-scale upgrade meant to make Chicago taxis safer and more environmentally friendly. It's not known whether the changes will translate into fare increases for riders.... 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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