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Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn Cracks Down on Social Media Based Mob Attacks

Governor Quinn signed into law Saturday new legislation that allows judges to impose harsher penalties on people who use social media or other methods of electronic communication to organize mob attacks. Read »

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

House OKs Crackdown on Social Media 'Flash Mobs'

Lawmakers said the legislation is in response to recent incidents in Chicago in which groups of young people descended on Michigan Avenue and other locations to rob or attack people. Read »

Monday, Apr 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: In Chicago, Inequality Is Impossible To Avoid

Opinion: In Chicago, Inequality Is Impossible To Avoid

As last weekend's flash mob attacks demonstrate, in few cities are the rich and poor so closely linked. 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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