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Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Video Exposes Ervin’s Ethical Double Standard

Opinion: Video Exposes Ervin’s Ethical Double Standard

A few weeks ago, 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin wanted every reporter in town to understand one simple thing: voters on the West Side of Chicago deserved nothing less than politicians who held themselves to the... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Politics on the West Side of Chicago has never been for the faint of heart. Now, in the race for the Illinois 10th House District, parts of it have gotten downright ugly. Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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By Associated Press

New Lawmaker Sworn in to Replace Derrick Smith

New Lawmaker Sworn in to Replace Derrick Smith

Rep. Derrick Smith was expelled from the Illinois House last month after he was charged by federal authorities with accepting a bribe. Read »

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Chicago Cop to Replace Derrick Smith

Chicago Cop to Replace Derrick Smith

Eddie Winters to hold office until January. Read »

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