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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 »

Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Top Cop: Chicago's Murder Rates Declining

Top Cop: Chicago's Murder Rates Declining

Chicago’s murder mayhem is declining, police said.
Chicago ended the month of May down four murders from May 2012, an eight percent decrease, according to Director of News Affairs Adam Collins. 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 »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Marcus Riley

McCarthy Downplays Weather's Effect on Crime

Police superintendent says stronger methods needed to decrease flow of illegal guns. Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 7:12 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama On Chicago Violence: 'Hadiya Pendleton Was Me'

Obama On Chicago Violence: 'Hadiya Pendleton Was Me'

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Chicago Wednesday to address youth violence in Chicago, by addressing business leaders and hearing first-hand accounts from kids. "Hadiya Pendleton was me and I was her," she... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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