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Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Former State Senator Hendon Handicaps 2015 Black Aldermanic Races

Former State Senator Hendon Handicaps 2015 Black Aldermanic Races

As a former Chicago alderman and Illinois State Senator, Rickey Hendon knows a thing or two about politics. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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By Associated Press

40 Illinois State Police Troopers to Help Chicago

40 Illinois State Police Troopers to Help Chicago

Forty Illinois State Troopers are being dispatched to Chicago to help the city's police department combat street violence during what is typically the most dangerous time of year. Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Council Campaign Against Oversight Goes Far Beyond IG Khan

Opinion: Council Campaign Against Oversight Goes Far Beyond IG Khan

A lot of sitting alderman in the Chicago City Council really do not like Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan. Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Education Adviser Resigns Amid City Hall Exodus

Emanuel Education Adviser Resigns Amid City Hall Exodus

Beth Swanson -- a top-ranked education adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel who helped settle the 2012 teachers strike -- has left her cushy gig at City Hall for an apparently cushier VP position at The Joyce... Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Aldermen Question McCarthy on Crime Statistics

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was on the hot seat Friday, answering questions before a City Council committee about how the department collects and reports crime statistics. Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM
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By Erin Carlson

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A kinder, gentler Rahm Emanuel has emerged this week, making two grand gestures that show a more compassionate side of the rough-edged Chicago mayor. It is election season, after all. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Smell that? It's the funky stench of victory for champions of expanding access to medical marijuana in the increasingly weed-friendly Windy City. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne

Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne

By any estimation, Jane deserves her day in the sun. She was one of the most colorful, passionate and, quite frankly, unpredictable public officials this city has ever had. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade

City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade

Tensions between Chicago aldermen and Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan boiled over on Wednesday as City Council passed an ordinance designed to block Khan's actions to gain authority to investigate... Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:32 AM
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By Rob Elgas

Aldermen OK Phone Tax Hike

Phone surcharge will increase from $2.50 a month to $3.90. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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