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Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
 

Mayor Goes on CPD Ride-Along With McCarthy

The tour through the Chicago Police Department's 3rd and 6th districts came just days after a mass shooting at a park on the city's south side and on a weekend that saw more than 20 people wounded by bullets. Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Shooting Prompts Renewed Call for Tighter Gun Laws

Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Friday afternoon said it was a "miracle" no one was killed in the spray of bullets at a south side park that he said came from an assault-style weapon with a high-capacity... Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Chicago Was Nation's Murder Capital in 2012: FBI

But despite taking the unfortunate top spot in the 2012 rankings, statistics indicate Chicago was still safer than other U.S. cities when crime was viewed on a per-capita basis. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM
      

Rahm, McCarthy Say Foot Patrols Are Working

Officials say "Operation Impact" responsible for reducing crime in city's problem areas. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Former NY Governor Takes Dig at Chicago Police

Former NY Governor Takes Dig at Chicago Police

Former New York Gov. George Pataki took a dig at Chicago's police department Tuesday while discussing New York City's stop-and-frisk policy that a judge rebuked as discriminatory. Read »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm: People Feel Safe on Michigan Avenue

Mayor briefly discusses woman's mugging on Magnificent Mile. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm, McCarthy Reassure New Chicago Cops

Rahm: "You do not bear burden alone of reducing crime." Read »

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, BJ Lutz
      

McCarthy: No Clue Who Asked for 1,700 More Cops

The grant application, filed last year, was capped at 25 officers, but a question on page eight asked how many officers the department would like if no cap was in place. It's in that field that someone wrote the... Read »

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:31 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

City Applied for Grant Money to Hire More Cops

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Garry McCarthy have repeatedly said that hiring new officers wasn't necessary. The department currently has about 12,000 sworn officers. Read »

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Impact Zone Strategy Working, Will Expand, Officials Say

Earlier this year, the Chicago Police Department designated 20 "impact zones," areas which comprise just 3 percent of the city, but account for more than 20 percent of Chicago’s violent crime. 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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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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