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Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Petition Urges Obama To Attend Slain Girl's Funeral

In the wake of a 15-year-old's shooting death in Chicago, a petition was started to urge President Barack Obama to attend the girl's funeral. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde, Mary Ann Ahern
      

200 Cops to Move From Desks To Streets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving 200 Chicago police officers to the streets after a 15-year-old girl was gunned down Tuesday over what authorities say was a gang turf war. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Obama Keeps Chicago In Gun Debate

President Barack Obama is keeping his hometown in the gun-debate spotlight. For the second time in a month he noted Chicago's persistent violence in a major speech to the nation. Read »

Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Already Ahead of 2012's Murder Rate

Chicago Already Ahead of 2012's Murder Rate

Twelve Chicagoans have been murdered in the first six days of this year. Read »

Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Concealed Carry Law Won't Make Chicago Safer

Opinion: Concealed Carry Law Won't Make Chicago Safer

In New York, the safest big city in America, it's extremely difficult to obtain a concealed carry permit. In Flint, which has the nation's highest murder, anyone who's not crazy or a criminal can pack heat. Read »

Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM
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By Sharon Cohen

Violence, Gangs Scar Chicago Community in 2012

Violence, Gangs Scar Chicago Community in 2012

A spike in murders and shootings -- much of it gang-related -- shocked Chicagoans, spurred new crime-fighting strategies and left indelible images: Mayor Rahm Emanuel voicing outrage about gang crossfire that... Read »

Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 7:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: What Chicago's 500th Murder Means

Opinion: What Chicago's 500th Murder Means

Chicago is now seen as the murder capital of America. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 6:21 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Chief Keef's Bad Week

Opinion: Chief Keef's Bad Week

Chief Keef isn't having a good album drop. His debut CD, "Finally Rich," was the most-hyped album of the week. Even The New York Times reviewed it, calling it “relentlessly dark and sometimes lifeless, at least... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Another Reason I Don't Like Chief Keef

Opinion: Another Reason I Don't Like Chief Keef

I was going to buy Chief Keef's new album, but since last week's murders at a Connecticut elementary school, I haven't had the stomach for any violent entertainment. Read »

Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Obama Includes 'Street In Chicago' In List of Tragedies

In his statement reacting to the devastating massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, President Barack Obama included his hometown in a list of tragedies. 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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