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Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Alderman Wants To Downsize Segway Tour Groups

Alderman Wants To Downsize Segway Tour Groups

Alderman Brendan Reilly says big groups of Segway riders take over the sidewalks and cause issues with pedestrians. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski and Alexandria Fisher

City Council Passes Parking Meter Plan

The City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's revised deal with the private company that manages the city's parking meters. Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Committee OKs Revised Parking Meter Deal

Two Chicago aldermen challenged the city's revised deal with the private company that manages the city's parking meters, the aldermen declared at the City Council's finance committee meeting Monday. Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 2:33 AM
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By Dick Johnson

Alderman Looking at Bonds to Buy Back Parking Meters

Ald. Brendan Reilly (2nd) acknowledged Monday that he's been meeting with municipal bond experts in hopes the city could buy back the meters leased to Chicago Parking Meters LLC four years ago under former Mayor... Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Reilly, Emanuel 'Agree To Disagree' On Parking Changes

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday to discuss changing a new parking meter deal that would cost drivers more in River North. Reilly said he is very opposed to the neighbohood... Read »

Monday, Apr 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Mag Mile Alderman Calls for More Cops

Mag Mile Alderman Calls for More Cops

"While we should always praise our officers for excellent police work resulting in arrests, it is just as important to prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place," Reilly wrote. "This is why it so... Read »

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 »

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Condo Conversion Ordinance Contains Loophole

Condo Conversion Ordinance Contains Loophole

The city's proposed condo conversion ordinance fails to protect renters forced to make way for luxury apartments. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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