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Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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By Associated Press

Study: Rahm More Powerful Than Daley

Study: Rahm More Powerful Than Daley

A Chicago City Council famous for voting overwhelmingly in favor of policies supported by Mayor Richard Daley has been even more compliant when following the lead of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to a study. Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Exceeds Funds Allocated for Police Settlements

City Exceeds Funds Allocated for Police Settlements

The city of Chicago has exceeded the $27 million it set aside for the year to pay to settle lawsuits against the police department. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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By Associated Press

Council Passes "Straw Purchaser" Ordinance

Council Passes

Wednesday's vote on an ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is part of an effort by city and county officials to crack down on so-called straw purchasers. Those are people who legally buy weapons and then... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Cook County commissioners are making it more expensive for suburban gun owners who don't report when their guns are stolen, destroyed, lost or sold. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM
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By Phil Rogers & BJ Lutz
      

Committee Approves $22.5M in Alleged Misconduct Case

Chicago's City Council Finance Committee has approved a multi-million dollar settlement that would avoid a trial in a 2006 case alleging police misconduct. Christina Eilman was dropped off by Chicago police... Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Jackson a No-Show on Eve of Resignation

Ald. Sandi Jackson's resignation from the Chicago City Council may be effective Tuesday, but constituents will still be able to get services from the ward office, staffers said. Read »

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Citizens, Politicians React to Sandi Jackson Resignation

Citizens, Politicians React to Sandi Jackson Resignation

Ald. Sandi Jackson was one half of a major political power couple. Her husband, Jesse Jackson Jr., resigned from Congress in November amid a federal investigation and health issues. Now the alderman is leaving... Read »

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Alderman Sandi Jackson Resigns

Resignation comes a little less than two months after her husband, Jesse Jackson, resigned as Illinois' 2nd District Congressman amid a federal probe. Read »

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Emanuel to Propose New Gun Control Ordinance

He was scant on details, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday said he will propose new gun control measures in an upcoming City Council session that he says are "common sense" and will withstand legal... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois' First Abolitionist Was A Chicago Alderman

Illinois' First Abolitionist Was A Chicago Alderman

Ira Miltmore, who was elected an alderman of the Third Ward in 1844, was the first Illinois politician to favor abolishing slavery. 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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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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