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Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Still Ready To Talk State Police in Chicago

Quinn Still Ready To Talk State Police in Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn remains ready to talk about Illinois State Police reinforcement after 13 people were injured in a mass shooting last week in Chicago. That is, if Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Supt. Garry McCarthy... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
 

Mayor Goes on CPD Ride-Along With McCarthy

The tour through the Chicago Police Department's 3rd and 6th districts came just days after a mass shooting at a park on the city's south side and on a weekend that saw more than 20 people wounded by bullets. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Quinn Ready to Talk State Police Help with Chicago Violence

After Thursday’s mass Chicago shooting left 13 people injured, Gov. Pat Quinn said he’s open and ready to talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about bringing in reinforcements from the Illinois State Police to help stem... Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Shooting Prompts Renewed Call for Tighter Gun Laws

Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Friday afternoon said it was a "miracle" no one was killed in the spray of bullets at a south side park that he said came from an assault-style weapon with a high-capacity... Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Rahm: Chicago Parks 'Belong to the Families'

A visibly upset Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at a prayer vigil for the victims of a Thursday shooting that left 13 people injured in a city park. Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Chicago Was Nation's Murder Capital in 2012: FBI

But despite taking the unfortunate top spot in the 2012 rankings, statistics indicate Chicago was still safer than other U.S. cities when crime was viewed on a per-capita basis. Read »

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Police Overtime On Pace for $100 Million Price Tag

As many as 400 officers each night have been saturating high crime areas. Those officer have been drawing time and a half pay for their nightly service. The cost of that overtime policing strategy might shock... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM
      

Rahm, McCarthy Say Foot Patrols Are Working

Officials say "Operation Impact" responsible for reducing crime in city's problem areas. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Top Cop: Chicago Fighting Perception as Murder Capital

Despite a violent holiday weekend, Chicago's police superintendent said the city marked its lowest murder rate since 1965 and has made progress since notching 500 murders in 2012. Read »

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Pride Parade a Who's Who in Illinois Politics

Pride Parade a Who's Who in Illinois Politics

From Toni Preckwinkle flinging beads to shirtless men dancing on Sheriff Tom Dart's float, the politicians who made the biggest impressions at the Gay Pride Parade. Read »

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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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