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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Awarded for Efforts to Curb Youth Smoking

Rahm Awarded for Efforts to Curb Youth Smoking

Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have lost a battle with the Chicago City Council over a ban on electronic cigarettes, but his fight for curb youth smoking isn’t going unnoticed. Read »

Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Announces 100 Learning Gardens at Schools

Chicago Announces 100 Learning Gardens at Schools

Chicago officials are announcing that they have installed a total of 100 gardens where students can grow fruit and vegetables at their schools. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Announces 2014 Festival Dates

City Announces 2014 Festival Dates

The city on Thursday announced the dates for festivals and events for 2014, including the premier of a new fest called the Great Chicago Fire Festival. Read »

Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

McCain: Don't Count Biden Out of 2016 Presidential Race

Should Hillary Clinton decide to run for president, she'll be the favored Democrat for the nomination, Senators Dick Durbin and John McCain agreed Monday. Read »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Rahm Touts McCormick Place Redevelopment Plan

Rahm Emanuel isn’t holding back on his second anniversary as mayor of Chicago as he celebrated by announcing major renovations to the city’s prized McCormick Place. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Mayor's Office Announces New City Website

Mayor's Office Announces New City Website

Chicagoans looking to report or request city services can do it from their smartphone. There's now a bunch of apps for that. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Rahm Announces Board of Ed, CHA Appointments

Rahm Announces Board of Ed, CHA Appointments

Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an appointment to the Chicago Board of Education and a nomination to the Chicago Housing Authority Board. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

3 Colleges Join 'College to Careers' Initiative

Program brings officials from local companies into city colleges to help write the curriculum, train the students and ultimately hire them. Read »

Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Rahm Announces Initiative to Help CPS Grads

Rahm Announces Initiative to Help CPS Grads

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new incentive for high school students to stay in school. High School graduates from Chicago Public Schools can receive "job application preference" for city positions. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

City Unveils Plans for Closed Coal Plants

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced redevelopment proposals for the sites of two coal-fired power plants that were shut down last month on Chicago's Southwest Side. 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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