Ward Room
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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Touts Illinois Tourism Growth

Quinn Touts Illinois Tourism Growth

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the increase Thursday while visiting 12-year-old Chloe Stirling at the Kendall College Culinary Camp in Chicago. The 12-year-old's cupcake business in Madison County was shut down... Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By BJ Lutz and Marcus Riley
      

Cubs Win Approval for 7 Wrigley Field Signs

The city's Commission on Landmarks voted in favor of the team's plan after a 3-hour meeting Thursday in which the team presented its expanded blueprint to renovate the baseball stadium. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM
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By Associated Press

State May Suspend Quinn Anti-Violence Investigation: Report

State May Suspend Quinn Anti-Violence Investigation: Report

State Sen. Jason Barickman, co-chair of the Legislative Audit Commission, released a statement Wednesday evening detailing a Justice Department request made earlier in the day by two Washington, D.C.-based staff... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ald. Danny Solis Suggests Chicago Peace Corps to Curb Violence

Ald. Danny Solis Suggests Chicago Peace Corps to Curb Violence

Ald. Danny Solis says Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his City Hall policy team are "looking" at his intriguing pitch to create a Chicago Peace Corps as part of a long-term strategy to curb the city's deadly street... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Perry's Wrong on Spending Critique

Opinion: Perry's Wrong on Spending Critique

Texas governor Rick Perry has some advice for the state of Illinois: stop caring about your people so much. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 1:32 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Says He'll Release Taxes Before Election

Rauner Says He'll Release Taxes Before Election

Rauner Spokesman Mike Schrimpf says Rauner got a six-month extension of the April 15 filing deadline. He says Rauner will make his returns public before the Nov. 4 election. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Can Send a Message by Raising Minimum Wage

Opinion: Chicago Can Send a Message by Raising Minimum Wage

Raising the minimum wage in Chicago can send a clear message about the city's—and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s—priorities. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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By Associated Press

Tight Illinois Budget Still Contains Pet Projects

Tight Illinois Budget Still Contains Pet Projects

Among expenses in the $35.7 billion spending plan, tucked into a document thousands of pages long, are millions of dollars for pet projects statewide. They range from a new school in House Speaker Michael... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By natalie martinez
      

Prayer Vigil Decries Holiday Weekend Violence

A prayer vigil was held in the Roseland neighborhood Monday to speak out about the violence over the long weekend. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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By BJ Lutz
      

McCarthy on Weekend Violence: 'We Lost It' on Sunday

Despite a surge of officers placed in strategic spots throughout the city, efforts to keep Independence Day weekend violence down weren't as successful as hoped, Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy told... 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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