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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 »

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 »

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chicago Sergeants Shoot Down Contract Proposal

Chicago Sergeants Shoot Down Contract Proposal

The Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association voted 876 to 134 against a four-year contract touted by Emanuel that phases in a 9 percent pay increase, maintains eligibility for retiree health care at age 55 and... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

City, Police Sergeants Reach Contract Agreement

City, Police Sergeants Reach Contract Agreement

Four-year contract includes 9 percent pay increase and retiree health care. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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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 .