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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:35 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 »

Friday, Dec 27, 2013 at 7:36 AM
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By Jason Keyser

As City Cycling Grows, So Does Bike Tax Temptation

As City Cycling Grows, So Does Bike Tax Temptation

Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven't stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating... Read »

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rahm Shows Progress Bike Promises

Rahm Shows Progress Bike Promises

Chicago recently gained top honors for “Best Protected Bike Lane for 2013” by PeopleForBikes, a group dedicated to improving bicycling in the U.S. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 6:14 AM
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Chicago Bike-Sharing System to be Biggest in U.S.

Chicago Bike-Sharing System to be Biggest in U.S.

The city of Chicago says its bicycle-sharing program is poised to become the biggest in North America next year thanks to a $3 million federal grant that will allow it to expand. Read »

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 »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Alderman Wants $25 Bike Licensing Fee

Chicago Alderman Wants $25 Bike Licensing Fee

A near South Side alderman is reportedly considering charging bike owners a $25 annual registration fee to help rake in more money for the city. Read »

Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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By Michelle Relerford

Protected Bike Lanes Debut Friday Downtown

Protected Bike Lanes Debut Friday Downtown

Chicago's new protected bike lanes are set to debut in time for the weekend along North Dearborn Parkway, from West Kinzie Street in the north to West Polk in the south. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 5:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The New Ager Who Wants To Take Away Your Car

The New Ager Who Wants To Take Away Your Car

Newcity uncovers the hippie background of Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner Gabe Klein. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM
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By Michael Kaplan

City Council Bans Texting While Biking

City Council Bans Texting While Biking

New measure will result in fines for texting bicyclists. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Support Your Mayor. Ride A Bike.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to make Chicago the "bike-friendliest" city in the country, and has already laid out two miles of new bike lanes. Here's where to buy a used bike, and help make his vow come... 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 .