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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Chicago Restaurants Avoid BYOB Crackdown

Chicago Restaurants Avoid BYOB Crackdown

New ordinance allows aldermen to revoke BYOB privileges for certain businesses. Read »

Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Shouldn't Have to Pay for Ald. Graham’s Problems

Opinion: Chicago Shouldn't Have to Pay for Ald. Graham’s Problems

West Side Ald. Deborah Graham is asking the City Council and the rest of Chicago to help cover up her mistakes. By any measure, both should say no. Read »

Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Alderman Wants to Ban BYOB in Dry Precincts

Alderman Wants to Ban BYOB in Dry Precincts

Chicago aldermen will decide later this month if businesses in the city's dry precincts will be barred from letting their customers cater in or bring in their own booze. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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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 .