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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Debate over President Barack Obama's presidential library and museum is getting hotter by the millisecond -- or so it seems -- as Illinois politicians, media pundits and the voting public weigh in on whether... 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 »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Obama Addresses Ft. Hood Shootings From Chicago

President Barack Obama comes home to attend Democratic fundraising events. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. Read »

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Local Obama Impersonator Helps Launch New Zealand Political Party

Chicago's Reggie Brown has a lot of interesting stories from the five years he's worked as a Barack Obama impersonator, but now he can say he's helped launch a political party. Read »

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM
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By The Associated Press

Ill. House Passes Anti-Racial Profiling Bill

Ill. House Passes Anti-Racial Profiling Bill

Originally sponsored by Obama and Democratic Rep. Monique Davis of Chicago, the law mandated the collection of traffic stop data by Illinois law enforcement agencies beginning in 2004 for a three-year period.... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Honolulu Mayor May Seek Joint Obama Library Bid

Honolulu Mayor May Seek Joint Obama Library Bid

With the competition for the Obama presidential library and museum moving forward, there has been some speculation that Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell may be looking at a collaboration with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Obama Quotes 'Caddyshack' in Harold Ramis Tribute

President Barack Obama has added his condolences to a long list of tributes from celebrities and fans mourning the loss of Chicago-based writer, director and actor Harold Ramis. 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.

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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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