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Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 at 6:40 PM
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By Tom Schuba

New Taxes Chicago Residents Will Face in 2017

At the start of 2017, Chicago residents will face a host of new taxes and fees, from a substantial property tax hike to a new bag tax at the grocery store. Here’s a look at some of the new city laws...View gallery »

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Friday, Mar 11, 2016 at 7:25 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Presidential Candidates Visit Chicago Area

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz made appearances in the Chicago area Friday, days ahead of the Illinois primary election.View gallery »

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Monday, Apr 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM
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By Summer Concepcion

25 Odd Places to Vote In Chicago

Polling places for the April 7 election that add more fun to the civic duty of voting.View gallery »

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Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:58 AM
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By Summer Concepcion

18 Wards Head Into Aldermanic Runoff

NBC Chicago and Ward Room bring you profiles on the 18 wards heading into a runoff election April 7.View gallery »

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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:02 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

How'd You Vote?

Chicagoans weigh in on who and why they did (or didn't) voteView gallery »

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Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:09 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Get to Know Your Ward

The Chicago ward boundaries have undergone a change that will take effect Feb. 24 during the municipal election. Before you head into the voting booth this year, get to know your ward as it stands in 2015.View gallery »

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Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is borrowing $21 million-plus to pay for a dormant swath of land earmarked by former boss Richard M. Daley as extra space to host Olympics facilities, the Trib reports. Read »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Council Needs to Move on Reparations for Burge’s Torture Victims

Opinion: Council Needs to Move on Reparations for Burge’s Torture Victims

As former Chicago police commander Burge walks free, legislation calling for compensation for his victims continues to languish in Chicago’s City Council. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Surprises Diners at River North Steakhouse

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a closed-door fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn at a downtown hotel and a speech on the economy at Northwestern University. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti is defending his track record of financial competence amid reports that the 2nd Ward alderman and his law firms have been the target of lawsuits over allegedly delinquent... Read »

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