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Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

More Cops on Bikes Will Patrol High-Crime Areas

Effort is an expansion of the department's "Operation Impact" strategy that was launched last year. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 6:14 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

City Goes After Problem Businesses

Administration focusing on liquor and convenience stores which inspectors contend cater to criminal activity. Read »

Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 9:56 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Police Superintendent Meets with New Recruits

Police Superintendent Meets with New Recruits

McCarthy stressed representing the department well. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark, Christian Farr
      

Person in Custody for Death of 7-Year-Old

A person of interest is in police custody for the fatal shooting last week of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton in front of her Austin neighborhood home, police said. Read »

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Jill Biden Goes Lingerie Shopping in Chicago

Jill Biden Goes Lingerie Shopping in Chicago

VP's wife spotted at Michigan Avenue's La Perla. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM
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By BJ Lutz

City Goes With Runner-Up Sticker

City Goes With Runner-Up Sticker

City officials on Wednesday pulled the original winner after controversy brewed, with many saying it contained symbolism associated with a notorious street gang. 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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