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Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Mayor: Rename Stony Island After Rev. Brazier

Mayor: Rename Stony Island After Rev. Brazier

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday morning will introduce a proposal to permanently rename Stony Island Avenue after the Rev. Bishop Brazier, the civil rights leader who died in 2010 after a five-year battle... Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Alderman Says Ethics Allegations May Be True

A week after news first broke of his interview with the FBI, Ald. Joe Moore (49th) concedes that there may be some truth to a former employee’s allegations of political work being done in his city ward... Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Former Moore Aide Says Email Proves Ethics Violation

The war of words heated up Wednesday, between a Chicago alderman known for his belief in open government, and the ex-employee who says she was paid hush money to keep quiet about political work in a city... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Cubs: No Work Until Rooftops Promise Not to Sue

"We must resolve once and for all the threat of litigation and the enforcement of existing rooftop ordinances and long term certainty over control of our outfield," read a Ricketts Family statement after the... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Chicago children displaced by public school closings may be forced to step into the line of fire between warring street gangs as they walk to their new schools each day, a gang expert told a U.S. judge who will... Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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By Carol Marin

Rep. Mell Wants Father's Aldermanic Seat

Rep. Mell Wants Father's Aldermanic Seat

Her announcement comes just days after the 33rd Ward alderman said he would step aside, effective July 24. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski and Alexandria Fisher
      

City Council Passes Parking Meter Plan

The City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's revised deal with the private company that manages the city's parking meters. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chicago Council Approves Ordinance To Honor Boston

Chicago Council Approves Ordinance To Honor Boston

Chicago's City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance to honor the city of Boston and the victims of the twin bombings at the city's marathon last month. Read »

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Former Alderman Charged With Carrying Loaded Gun

Former Alderman Charged With Carrying Loaded Gun

Sharon Dixon ordered held on on $25,000 bond after allegedly walking inside and around a Chicago police station with weapon. Read »

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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By Associated Press

Sister of Rahm's Floor Leader Hired by CPS

Sister of Rahm's Floor Leader Hired by CPS

The sister of a key Chicago City Council member has been hired by Chicago Public Schools to help with the controversial closures of dozens of schools, according to a published report. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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.

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Ed Burke

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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.
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