Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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 »

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Will Koschman Case Get Special Prosecutor?

Will Koschman Case Get Special Prosecutor?

A Mount Prospect mother may have a better idea Wednesday if she'll get her wish for a special prosecutor to look into a seven-year-old homicide case involving former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew. Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:57 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Charlie Wojciechowski

Judge to Hear Koschman Special Prosecutor Case in March

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's office appears to be preparing to fight call for special prosecutor. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Special Prosecutor Requested in Koschman Case

More than seven years after 21-year old David Koschman of Mount Prospect was killed during a fight on Division Street, the MacArthur Justice Center is asking that a Special Prosecutor be named to probe... Read »

Monday, Dec 5, 2011 at 9:58 PM
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By mary ann ahern

McCarthy on Why NY is Relevant to Chicago

Police superintendent claims imported crime-fighting tactics are working here. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011 at 4:33 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Next Monday Deadline for Top Cop Applications

Next Monday Deadline for Top Cop Applications

Interview, essay questions on accomplishments, style, morale await candidates. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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