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Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Alderman: City Needs Ban on "Upskirting"

Chicago Alderman: City Needs Ban on

A Chicago alderman says the city needs a specific ban on so-called "upskirt" photos because "there are a lot of weirdos roaming around" and because a state law on videotaping without permission may leave a legal... Read »

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Rahm's Whitney Young Girls Snub Is So Bad

Why Rahm's Whitney Young Girls Snub Is So Bad

File under "Public Relations Disaster": Both the boys and girls' basketball teams at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School won the state championship this year, but only the guy players scored an invite to City... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By mary ann ahern

Ald. Fioretti Cranks Up Rahm Criticism

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a vocal critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, offered his most stinging criticism yet at a speech Monday at the City Club of Chicago. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 3:55 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Alderman raises specter of Council Wars from 1980s during recent TIF debate

Alderman raises specter of Council Wars from 1980s during recent TIF debate

In Chicago, a lot of political history gets forgotten or distorted in order to serve a bigger political narrative, especially when race is involved. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Council Debate About TIFs Really a Question of Privilege

Opinion: Council Debate About TIFs Really a Question of Privilege

A passionate debate broke out about TIFs at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Except it wasn’t really about TIFs at all. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: TIF Vote Will Pit Aldermen Against Mayor, Themselves

Opinion: TIF Vote Will Pit Aldermen Against Mayor, Themselves

Wednesday’s City Council meeting is likely to be very unpleasant for a number of Chicago’s aldermen. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Progressive Aldermen Hear City’s Pain and Anger at Budget Town Hall

Opinion: Progressive Aldermen Hear City’s Pain and Anger at Budget Town Hall

For anyone paying attention to how the city is being run in the age of Mayor Emanuel, the issues and complaints were familiar. Read »

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Progressive Caucus Joins Call for Police Retro Pay

Progressive Caucus Joins Call for Police Retro Pay

Eight members of the caucus signed a letter to become cosponsors of a resolution calling for the city to honor the terms of the previous police contract, which granted an automatic pay raise in June. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Take Back Chicago Proves There’s Room to Run Against Rahm

Opinion: Take Back Chicago Proves There’s Room to Run Against Rahm

Tuesday night’s Take Back Chicago event was a really raucous campaign rally for an unnamed mayoral candidate to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Give the IG Some Teeth, Mr. Mayor

Opinion: Give the IG Some Teeth, Mr. Mayor

Wednesday’s expected City Council confirmation of Inspector General Joe Ferguson to a second four-year term presents Mayor Rahm Emanuel with a real opportunity to prove his commitment to government reform and... 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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