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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Mayor Warns of Pension Crisis in Laying Out $7B Budget

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stressed that great progress has been made in righting the city's finances but warned they could be devastated in state lawmakers don't pass pension reform legislation by next year. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Mayor Wants to Hike Cable TV Tax: Report

Mayor Wants to Hike Cable TV Tax: Report

Proposal would raise $9 million, chip away at $339 million shortfall. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Plan to Rename Stony Island After Bishop Brazier Delayed

Plan to Rename Stony Island After Bishop Brazier Delayed

Discussion on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to rename a south side thoroughfare after Bishop Arthur Brazier vanished from Wednesday's City Council agenda over concerns from aldermen about the costs involved and the... Read »

Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Alderman Wants to Ban BYOB in Dry Precincts

Alderman Wants to Ban BYOB in Dry Precincts

Chicago aldermen will decide later this month if businesses in the city's dry precincts will be barred from letting their customers cater in or bring in their own booze. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

The Alley Owner Eyes Aldermanic Bid

The Alley Owner Eyes Aldermanic Bid

For residents of the 44th Ward, it looks like the 2015 election cycle has already begun. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Council Approves Chicago Gun Measures

City Council Approves Chicago Gun Measures

Chicago residents will no longer need a city permit to carry a gun or be mandated in most cases to lock their firearms, under a proposal approved at Wednesday's City Council meeting. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Mayor: Rename Stony Island After Rev. Brazier

Mayor: Rename Stony Island After Rev. Brazier

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday morning will introduce a proposal to permanently rename Stony Island Avenue after the Rev. Bishop Brazier, the civil rights leader who died in 2010 after a five-year battle... Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Alderman Says Ethics Allegations May Be True

A week after news first broke of his interview with the FBI, Ald. Joe Moore (49th) concedes that there may be some truth to a former employee’s allegations of political work being done in his city ward... Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Former Moore Aide Says Email Proves Ethics Violation

The war of words heated up Wednesday, between a Chicago alderman known for his belief in open government, and the ex-employee who says she was paid hush money to keep quiet about political work in a city... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Cubs: No Work Until Rooftops Promise Not to Sue

"We must resolve once and for all the threat of litigation and the enforcement of existing rooftop ordinances and long term certainty over control of our outfield," read a Ricketts Family statement after the... 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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