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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 »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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By Al Romero

Emanuel Wants to Speed Up Trains to Airports

Emanuel Wants to Speed Up Trains to Airports

Mayor Emanuel said Wednesday that he wants to trim the amount of time it takes to get to Chicago's airports on CTA trains. The mayor said if he could trim "12 minutes, 10 minutes, eight minutes" from that... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Emanuel Unveils CTA's Grand Station Makeover

Emanuel Unveils CTA's Grand Station Makeover

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially reopened the CTA Grand station that underwent full construction of its station and platform. Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2011 at 7:12 AM
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By Lisa Balde & Stefan Holt

CTA Doubles Security Cameras at 'L' Stops

CTA Doubles Security Cameras at 'L' Stops

A CTA security plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA president Forrest Claypool announced in June to double the amount of security cameras and increase police presence has wrapped six weeks early. Nearly 1,500 cameras... Read »

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 6:53 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Occupy Chicago Targets Proposed CTA Cuts

Occupy Chicago Targets Proposed CTA Cuts

Occupy Chicago and Chicago Transit Authority workers join forces Thursday to fight proposed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2012 reductions in CTA employee benefits and compensation. "Occupy Chicago supports the workers of... Read »

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel, Quinn Announce $1 Billion CTA Plan

Chicago's signature rail line, the CTA's Red Line is about to get a whole lot better, officials say.In a rare joint appearance, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a $1... Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Mayor: City Employees Must Use CTA

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hasn't been quiet about his use of public transit, and he wants city employees to get comfortable using it too. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 at 9:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde

100 CTA Stations to Get 'Facelift': Emanuel

100 stations will be cleaned, repaired and painted during the next 12 months via a new CTA renewal project, partly funded by savings gained from transit authority cuts. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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By Edward McClelland, BJ Lutz

50 New Cops Coming to CTA

In response to teenage mobs boarding buses and strong-arming passengers, the city and the CTA will assign new cops to patrol public transportation. Read »

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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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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