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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Girls Hoops Champs Cry Foul After Council Only Honors Boys

The state champion Whitney Young High School girls basketball team is feeling snubbed after their male counterparts were honored by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council last week, but their... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM
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By BJ Lutz

City Council Sets New Limits on Pedicabs

City Council Sets New Limits on Pedicabs

Pedal-powered taxis can no longer exceed 200 citywide and are no longer allowed in certain areas during rush hour. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

8 a.m. Sunday Liquor Sales OK'd by City Council

8 a.m. Sunday Liquor Sales OK'd by City Council

Ald. Patrick O'Connor (40th) introduced the idea in January and then modified the proposal to exclude smaller stores after pushback from colleagues. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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By BJ Lutz

City Council Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

City Council Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

Larger retailers will need to start complying by August 2015. Smaller stores will need to follow suit a year later. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Busy Day on Tap for Chicago City Council

Busy Day on Tap for Chicago City Council

Wednesday will be a busy day in City Hall, as the Chicago City Council mulls a number of proposals, including a ban on plastic bags, new rules for pedicab operators, regulations for ride-sharing services and... Read »

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 7:37 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Council Approves Ban of Puppy Mill Sales at Pet Stores

Chicago Council Approves Ban of Puppy Mill Sales at Pet Stores

Chicago aldermen on Tuesday voted 49-1 to ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from "puppy mills" at city pet stores. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Burke notes in his press release "it is my hope that if we take the first step of urging an airline embargo that other major cities across the nation, such as New York and Los Angeles, will follow suit." Read »

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Alderman Proposes Ban on Horse-Drawn Carriages

Chicago Alderman Proposes Ban on Horse-Drawn Carriages

A Chicago alderman is looking to end the horse-drawn carriage industry in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Lauren Petty
      

City Council Approves E-Cig Limits

Users of electronic cigarettes will need to step outside and remain at least 15 feet away from any entrance to a public building. Read »

Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at 9:22 PM

City Council Snuffs Out Rahm's E-Cig Ban

City Council Snuffs Out Rahm's E-Cig Ban

Chicagoans will be able to continue using electronic cigarettes in public places after some suprise opposition on the City Council Monday. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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