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Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Top Cop: Chicago's Murder Rates Declining

Top Cop: Chicago's Murder Rates Declining

Chicago’s murder mayhem is declining, police said.
Chicago ended the month of May down four murders from May 2012, an eight percent decrease, according to Director of News Affairs Adam Collins. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm, McCarthy Reassure New Chicago Cops

Rahm: "You do not bear burden alone of reducing crime." Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Marcus Riley
      

McCarthy Downplays Weather's Effect on Crime

Police superintendent says stronger methods needed to decrease flow of illegal guns. Read »

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, BJ Lutz
      

McCarthy: No Clue Who Asked for 1,700 More Cops

The grant application, filed last year, was capped at 25 officers, but a question on page eight asked how many officers the department would like if no cap was in place. It's in that field that someone wrote the... Read »

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:31 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

City Applied for Grant Money to Hire More Cops

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Garry McCarthy have repeatedly said that hiring new officers wasn't necessary. The department currently has about 12,000 sworn officers. Read »

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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By Lisa Balde & Lauren Petty
      

Top Cop: 'We're Going To Have Good Days, Bad Days'

"We're going to have good days, we're going to have bad days," McCarthy said. "The first four months of this year, we're in a position we haven't been in since the mid-'60s as far as the murder rate goes." Read »

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Impact Zone Strategy Working, Will Expand, Officials Say

Earlier this year, the Chicago Police Department designated 20 "impact zones," areas which comprise just 3 percent of the city, but account for more than 20 percent of Chicago’s violent crime. Read »

Monday, Apr 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Mag Mile Alderman Calls for More Cops

Mag Mile Alderman Calls for More Cops

"While we should always praise our officers for excellent police work resulting in arrests, it is just as important to prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place," Reilly wrote. "This is why it so... Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Exceeds Funds Allocated for Police Settlements

City Exceeds Funds Allocated for Police Settlements

The city of Chicago has exceeded the $27 million it set aside for the year to pay to settle lawsuits against the police department. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Chicago Cops Seize 680 Guns Citywide

With a national focus on Chicago and what many view as an alarming murder rate, officials have repeatedly insisted that for the most part, the city is actually very safe, with isolated but very violent pockets.... 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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