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Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Unveils New Art Along CTA Red Line

Emanuel Unveils New Art Along CTA Red Line

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool want to cap the $425 million Red Line South Reconstruction project with some local beauty. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 8:01 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

CTA Uses Cameras, Lawsuits to Catch Vandals

The Chicago Transit Authority is cracking down on vandalism and its using an expanded security camera network to do it. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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By Phil Rogers

CTA Claims Most Ventra Problems Are 'Gone'

The Chicago Transit Authority says the turnstile delays that caused several Ventra cards to be denied or charged double have largely “vanished” in the weeks following a software upgrade. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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By Phil Rogers

RTA Chairman: Ventra an "Unacceptable and Systemic Failure"

RTA Chairman: Ventra an

Especially at issue, in the RTA's eyes, is how much money Ventra glitches are causing the transit system. Read »

Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Ventra Prepaid Banking Partner Has Long History of Legal Trouble

Ventra Prepaid Banking Partner Has Long History of Legal Trouble

The banking partner chosen as part of the Ventra program appears to have a long history of legal problems related to prepaid debit schemes and other activities. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Dear City Council, Follow the Money on Ventra Deal

Dear City Council, Follow the Money on Ventra Deal

Beyond the poor customer service lie deeper questions about who, if anyone, is profiting from these problems and whether the CTA did a proper job of vetting its business partners. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

City Suffers Transportation Woes Beyond CTA Crash

City Suffers Transportation Woes Beyond CTA Crash

A pair of ongoing stories reminds us the deep-seated and often contentious transportation challenges the city faces won't be going away anytime soon. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Nesita Kwan

Pullman Walmart To Open With CTA Bus Service After All

When Chicago's city council approved a Super Walmart in the Pullman neighborhood two years ago, aldermen hoped it would change the community's economic outlook and wipe out its food dessert status. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTA Board Member Resigns Amid Double-Dipping Allegations

Chicago Transportation Authority board member Frank Zuccarelli resigned from his position in a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CTA Union Boss Disputes $10M Savings in Absenteeism Crackdown

CTA Union Boss Disputes $10M Savings in Absenteeism Crackdown

Fewer Chicago Transit Authority employees are showing up late to work or calling out sick, saving $10 million, the agency announced Tuesday. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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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 .