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Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Rahm Makes CNN Play by His "Chicagoland" Rules

Opinion: Rahm Makes CNN Play by His

When CNN set out to film the docu-series "Chicagoland," producers desperately pushed for access to Chicago's made-for-television celebrity mayor. The cable news network, struggling in the ratings, doubtless... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Chicago Officials React to Violent Easter Weekend

Chicago's second warm weekend of the season was marked with violence: Nine people were killed and at least 35 were injured in a series of mostly gang-related incidents. Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

More Cops on Bikes Will Patrol High-Crime Areas

Effort is an expansion of the department's "Operation Impact" strategy that was launched last year. Read »

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 homicide... 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 »

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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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