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Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Politicians Should Also Retire At 67

Politicians Should Also Retire At 67

As Gov. Pat Quinn proposes raising the retirement age for state employees for 67, how about setting that as the retirement age for politicians, too? Read »

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Ed Burke, Richard Daley Cameo in IG Report on Hiring

Ed Burke, Richard Daley Cameo in IG Report on Hiring

How two brothers named McMahon allegedly got around the city's women and minority set aside program -- and how Mayor Daley and Alderman Burke are involved. Read »

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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By Edward McClelland

A Chip Off the Old Burke

A Chip Off the Old Burke

The Sun-Times is claiming that Ald. Edward Burke hired a rogue cop to investigate workmens' comp claims. Do you want a nice guy for that job? Read »

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why The Irish Are Our Overlords

Why The Irish Are Our Overlords

Patrick Daley Thompson is compensating for his English last name by using a shamrock as a campaign symbol. Why are the Irish so successful in politics, especially Chicago politics? Read »

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Every Girl's Crazy 'Bout A Sharp Dressed Alderman

Every Girl's Crazy 'Bout A Sharp Dressed Alderman

Ald. Edward Burke, he of the pinstriped suits, matching tie and handkerchief and monogrammed cufflinks, makes Today's Chicago Woman's "A List" of best-dressed Chicagoans. Read »

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Ed Burke: Style Icon

14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke is known for his suave look and debonair style.... See Full Gallery »

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Shadiest Ward In Chicago

From Thomas E. Keane to Joe Berrios, the 31st Ward has produced an unparalleled collection of political rogues. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Abolish the City Clerk's Office

Abolish the City Clerk's Office

Do you know why our city clerk's keep messing up the city sticker? Because they don't really want to be city clerk! So let's appoint a bureaucrat instead. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 6:01 PM
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By Edward McClelland

All the Hot Committeeman's Races!

All the Hot Committeeman's Races!

The most exciting elections for the office you've never heard of. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Real "Sit Down And Shut Up" Ordinance

The Real

Aldermen want to prohibit audience members from making any public displays at Council meeting. That goes too far, but so does the Occupy movement's habit of disrupting politicians. 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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