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Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm Clarifies CTA Versus Driving Comments

Mayor says Monday's comments were misconstrued. Read »

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CTA Program Gives 500 CPS Students Free Rides

CTA Program Gives 500 CPS Students Free Rides

No such thing as a free ride in Chicago? That won't be true for some students on the CTA. The new Free Fare Card Pilot program announced Monday will allow 500 CPS students at five high schools to ride public... Read »

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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By Lisa Balde

CTA Extends Students' Discounted Rates

CTA Extends Students' Discounted Rates

To accommodate Chicago Public Schools' longer day, the CTA has agreed to extend students' discounted public transportation rates during the school year. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 at 2:09 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Patrick Hechinger

CTA Invests $205M in Facility Repairs

CTA Invests $205M in Facility Repairs

CTA bus and rail facilities will receive a $205 million makeover beginning in 2013. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool announced the plans on Tuesday, saying the upgrade is the “first ever on... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Preckwinkle: Red Line Shutdown 'Worth It'

“If we’re going to have a first-class public transit system, we have to invest in it," says Cook County President. Read »

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Alexandria Fisher

New Morgan CTA Station Officially Opens

New Morgan CTA Station Officially Opens

Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially opened new Morgan 'L' station Thursday. Read »

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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By Lauren Petty

Mayor Thanks Commuters for NATO Patience

Mayor Thanks Commuters for NATO Patience

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to thank Chicagoans for their patience while world leaders were in town for the NATO Summit. Chicago closed roads, police lined Michigan Avenue, Metra put security restrictions in place... Read »

Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Officials Announce Red Line Overhaul

Red Line improvements are coming soon, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday beside Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin. But they'll be accompanied by multiple closures. The $86 million first phase of a $1 billion... Read »

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Rahm, CTA Discussed No-Bid Deal: Report

Rahm, CTA Discussed No-Bid Deal: Report

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority reportedly talked privately about a no-bid deal with the company that produced the agency's new train cars. Emanuel's office said the mayor backed off because... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Two Charged With Minority Owned Contract Sham

Two Charged With Minority Owned Contract Sham

A former member of the state's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise taskforce is at the heart of a federal investigation into an alleged plot to undermine the very rules she was tasked to protect. Read »

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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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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.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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