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Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 6:05 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Appears on 'Great Food Truck Race'

Rahm Appears on 'Great Food Truck Race'

First it was the “Late Show with David Letterman,” now it’s the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is racking up his TV time. Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 4:57 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Food Truck Causes Controversy

Food Truck Causes Controversy

A dispute between a Chicago Alderman and the Salvation Army has no clear-cut end in sight. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM
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By Marcus Riley, Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Food Truck Proponents Sue City

Group seeks to loosen restrictions against food truck operators. Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Rahm Rolls Out Food-Truck Locations

Rahm Rolls Out Food-Truck Locations

Mayor Rahm Emanuel rolled out his proposed locations Wednesday for 23 designated food-truck stations in Chicago. Per the ordinance Chicago's City Council overwhelmingly signed off on in July, food trucks must... Read »

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

34 New Food Trucks Apply for Chicago Licenses

34 New Food Trucks Apply for Chicago Licenses

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday that since the new food truck ordinance passed last week 34 travelling stands started the application process. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Council Approves Food Truck Ordinance

City Council Approves Food Truck Ordinance

Chicago's city council voted 44-1 to approve new legislation for food trucks that includes longer hours of operation and the long-sought ability to cook on-site. Aldermen spoke in favor of the new ordinance... Read »

Friday, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM
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By Ngozi Agomo

City Council Committee Approves Chicago Food Trucks Ordinance

City Council Committee Approves Chicago Food Trucks Ordinance

The Chicago City Council committee approved the new Chicago Food Trucks ordinance Thursday. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Cook-On-Site Food Trucks Might Roll

Cook-On-Site Food Trucks Might Roll

Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Tom Tunney and Alderman Joe Moreno are introducing an ordinance Wednesday that would allow food truck operators to cook food on-site rather than prepare and pre-package it in an off-site... 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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