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Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

City Hires More Crews to Fix Chicago's Pothole Problem

City Hires More Crews to Fix Chicago's Pothole Problem

The city is taking a few extra measures to make sure it fixes Chicago's pothole problem. 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 »

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

City Gives Green Light for New Red Light Camera Vendor

City Gives Green Light for New Red Light Camera Vendor

Chicago has given the green light to a new red light camera vendor. The Chicago Department of Transportation has officially appointed Xerox to take over the enforcement of their red light cameras, officials... Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By David Wolinsky

A City Hall PR Flak Wrote the Best Press Release About Potholes ... Ever

A City Hall PR Flak Wrote the Best Press Release About Potholes ...  Ever

You might think working for city government is a thankless, dull job. But as a press release circulated early Friday about potholes illustrates: Working for city government is a non-stop joyriding blast. 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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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