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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 »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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By Anthony Ponce

City Council Approves Mayor's 2014 Budget

City Council Approves Mayor's 2014 Budget

Spending package includes a few changes since Emanuel officially proposed it last month. Read »

Sunday, Nov 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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Chicago Could Add E-Cigarettes to City Smoking Ban

Chicago Could Add E-Cigarettes to City Smoking Ban

Users of electronic cigarettes could soon find themselves subject to Chicago's smoking ban. Read »

Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: City Council Should Follow Senate’s Lead and Change Its Rules

Opinion: City Council Should Follow Senate’s Lead and Change Its Rules

Much like in the U.S. Senate, a committed minority or individuals are keeping the Chicago City Council from doing the people’s business. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Makes Plans to Remember JFK Assassination

Chicago Makes Plans to Remember JFK Assassination

City Council resolution calls for all city and state flags to be flown at half-staff on Friday, Nov. 22. Additionally, it also urges churches to toll their bells and for a citywide moment of silence at 1 p.m. —... Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:46 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Council Mulls Passing Highest Cigarette Tax in Nation

Council Mulls Passing Highest Cigarette Tax in Nation

The Chicago City Council held a hearing Wednesday on a cigarette tax that will make the combined federal, state, county and city tax rate $7.42 a pack -- the highest in the nation Read »

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM
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Emanuel Wants to Raise Fees for Horse-Drawn Carriages

Emanuel Wants to Raise Fees for Horse-Drawn Carriages

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trotting out a new plan at the city council meeting Wednesday. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

McCarthy: Chicago Crime is Down

McCarthy: Chicago Crime is Down

Before an appearance before the City Council today, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has said that every category of crime—including murder—is down this year. 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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