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Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Report Rips Into Quinn’s Violence-Prevention Program

Report Rips Into Quinn’s Violence-Prevention Program

A new report by the Office of the Auditor General of Illinois says that a $54.5 million violence prevention program initiated by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2012 showed “pervasive deficiencies” in almost every aspect... Read »

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 »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 5:21 AM
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By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

AG: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

AG: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

Attorney General visits Chicago for ceremonial swearing-in for northern Illinois' new U.S. attorney, Zachary Fardon 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 »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Quinn Ready to Talk State Police Help with Chicago Violence

After Thursday’s mass Chicago shooting left 13 people injured, Gov. Pat Quinn said he’s open and ready to talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about bringing in reinforcements from the Illinois State Police to help stem... 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 9:51 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

President Reacts to Chicago Shootings

President Reacts to Chicago Shootings

After a brazen attack in a Chicago park left 13 people injured, a White House spokeswoman said President Barack Obama was "dismayed." Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Rahm: Chicago Parks 'Belong to the Families'

A visibly upset Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at a prayer vigil for the victims of a Thursday shooting that left 13 people injured in a city park. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Top Cop: Chicago Fighting Perception as Murder Capital

Despite a violent holiday weekend, Chicago's police superintendent said the city marked its lowest murder rate since 1965 and has made progress since notching 500 murders in 2012. Read »

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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By Anthony Ponce

Durbin Bill Urges Police to Trace Recovered Guns

Durbin Bill Urges Police to Trace Recovered Guns

If Durbin's proposal passes, law enforcement agencies would not be eligible for any federal grants unless they work to trace 100 percent of the guns they recover at violent crime scenes. 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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