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Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Burke Wants to Ban Energy Drinks in Chicago

Burke Wants to Ban Energy Drinks in Chicago

“No person shall sell, give away, barter, exchange or otherwise furnish any energy drink,” reads the language in his proposed ordinance. The legislation would include a $100 to $500 fine for each offense. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Alderman Also a P.I. Licensed to Carry

Alderman Also a P.I. Licensed to Carry

Chicago alderman Ed Burke is a licensed private detective. In addition he’s approved to carry a semi-automatic weapon. And according to state records he's also a private security contractor, trained and... Read »

Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM
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By Kim Vatis
      

Clock's Ticking For Jesse Jackson Jr. to Emerge

As a federal probe into Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s finances reportedly widens, Chicago's most powerful alderman said there's room for compassion toward the Jackson family but also noted the time is getting closer... Read »

Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Burke Closely Connected to Wrigley Company: Report

Burke Closely Connected to Wrigley Company: Report

Ald. Ed Burke reportedly has strong ties to Chicago's Wrigley Company. Burke and the Chicago City Council approved a deal 10 years ago to give $16 million in taxpayer subsidies to the Wrigley Company, according... Read »

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Political Anagrams

Political Anagrams

Sometimes, rearranging the letters in a politician's name can be revealing. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Finance Committee Subpoenaed By Grand Jury

Finance Committee Subpoenaed By Grand Jury

A federal grand jury is demanding that Chicago's finance committee open its books on disability programs. The city inspector general last month asked to see the records related to the "duty disability" program... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Feds Subpoena City's Workman's Comp Records

Feds Subpoena City's Workman's Comp Records

The U.S. Attorney's Office wants to know if Chicago's employee disability program, operated by the City Council's Finance Committee and its longtime chairman, Ald. Ed Burke, is ripping off taxpayers. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Emanuel Opposes Plan To Bail Out Underwater Mortgages

Emanuel Opposes Plan To Bail Out Underwater Mortgages

Emanuel rejects a plan proposed by Ald. Edward Burke to use eminent domain to buy underwater mortgages. Read »

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Burke Not Sure About Tickets for Pot Plan

Burke Not Sure About Tickets for Pot Plan

Ald. Ed Burke said Monday he needs more information before he gets behind a plan to offer cops the option of writing tickets for those found with small amounts of marijuana. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

City Council Approves $12M for Protesters' Settlement

City Council Approves $12M for Protesters' Settlement

More than 800 plaintiffs in the class-action suit claim police trapped and arrested them during a 2003 protest on Michigan Avenue without giving clear orders to leave. 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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