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Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Frazier Moore

CNN's "Chicagoland" Airs Thursday

CNN's

When President Barack Obama spoke out last week against the crime, violence and poverty that ensnares young men of color in epidemic numbers, he might have been voicing a promo for "Chicagoland," the docuseries... Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Admits Cops "Slow" in Reacting to Gang-Related Homicides

Rahm Admits Cops

In a rare admission of error, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly acknowledged Thursday that the Chicago Police Department was "slow to react" to the breakdown of street gangs that led to a spike in... Read »

Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Study Shows Murder in Chicago a Tale of Two Cities

Study Shows Murder in Chicago a Tale of Two Cities

A new study from Yale University highlights an important truth: your chance of being murdered in Chicago depends on where you live. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chicago's Top Cop To Undergo Back Surgery

Chicago's Top Cop To Undergo Back Surgery

Chicago's police superintendent is undergoing back surgery Thursday, and a police department spokesman said he will be off the job for "a week at most." Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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By Associated Press

Emanuel Defends Police, Fire Overtime Costs

Emanuel Defends Police, Fire Overtime Costs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending the approximately $136 million being spent this year to pay overtime to police and fire department personnel. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM
      

Alderman, McCarthy Square Off at Council Meeting

A discussion about hiring within the Chicago Police Department led to a heated exchange at the City Council Budget Committee meetings Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

CPD to Spend $93M in OT This Year

Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy on Thursday said his department is on track to spend $93 million in overtime this year -- nearly triple the amount originally budget -- but put back against an assertion that... Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

McCarthy: Chicago Crime is Down

McCarthy: Chicago Crime is Down

Before an appearance before the City Council today, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has said that every category of crime—including murder—is down this year. Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM
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By

Chicago Not Collecting Much on Marijuana Tickets

Chicago Not Collecting Much on Marijuana Tickets

Chicago officials say the city has collected only 21 percent of the $310,755 in fines imposed by tickets issued for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Reaction to Chicago Violence Isn’t ‘Hysteria’

Opinion: Reaction to Chicago Violence Isn’t ‘Hysteria’

Two small details in recent NBC Chicago stories on violence in Chicago paint a picture of how Chicago’s ongoing crime problem is viewed differently depending on what side of City Hall you're on. 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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .
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