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Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Study Shows Murder in Chicago a Tale of Two Cities

Study Shows Murder in Chicago a Tale of Two Cities

A new study from Yale University highlights an important truth: your chance of being murdered in Chicago depends on where you live. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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By Associated Press

Emanuel Defends Police, Fire Overtime Costs

Emanuel Defends Police, Fire Overtime Costs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending the approximately $136 million being spent this year to pay overtime to police and fire department personnel. Read »

Monday, Nov 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Police to Patrol Most Dangerous Parks

The Chicago Police Department plans to deploy off-duty officers on overtime pay to 20 of the city's most dangerous parks. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CPD to Spend $93M in OT This Year

Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy on Thursday said his department is on track to spend $93 million in overtime this year -- nearly triple the amount originally budget -- but put back against an assertion that... Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

McCarthy: Chicago Crime is Down

McCarthy: Chicago Crime is Down

Before an appearance before the City Council today, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has said that every category of crime—including murder—is down this year. Read »

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Progressive Caucus Joins Call for Police Retro Pay

Progressive Caucus Joins Call for Police Retro Pay

Eight members of the caucus signed a letter to become cosponsors of a resolution calling for the city to honor the terms of the previous police contract, which granted an automatic pay raise in June. Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Durbin Announces Funds to Hire 15 New Chicago Cops

Durbin Announces Funds to Hire 15 New Chicago Cops

Agency supplies Chicago with $1.9 million to hire or rehire officers. Read »

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 »

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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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