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Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Alderman Suggests Ditching Taste of Chicago

Alderman Suggests Ditching Taste of Chicago

An alderman wants to put a fork in Taste of Chicago. Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) submitted a resolution Wednesday to hold a hearing to decide whether the food fest is worth keeping if it doesn't turn a profit. Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Jackson a No-Show on Eve of Resignation

Ald. Sandi Jackson's resignation from the Chicago City Council may be effective Tuesday, but constituents will still be able to get services from the ward office, staffers said. Read »

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Bob Fioretti's Reward

Bob Fioretti's Reward

In 2007, 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti became the first white politician to take over a ward from a black alderman. On Thursday, his ward was erased from the map. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Alderman Wants Review of Pit Bull Laws

Alderman Wants Review of Pit Bull Laws

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) plans to introduce a resolution on Chicago's dangerous dog ordinance during the city council's first meeting of the year. The resolution asks that committees hear public and expert... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Should Chicago Ban Pit Bulls?

Should Chicago Ban Pit Bulls?

A Chicago alderman on Tuesday called for a fresh look at the city's dog laws, dog parks and even a ban on pit bulls after a jogger was viciously attacked a day earlier. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 10:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

No Deal on Chicago Ward Maps

How Chicago's wards will look in the new year remained in question Thursday, with the Latino and Black caucuses each filing their own proposals after a behind-the-scenes deal fell through. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 at 11:10 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Aldermen Wringing Hands Over City Budget

Increased taxes and fees, coupled with staffing and budget cuts, will keep some aldermen burning the midnight oil Tuesday. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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By Steve Bryant, Mary Ann Ahern

Daley Holds Court at Football Classic Conference

A typically lightly-attended event draws scores of reporters. Read »

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