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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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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 »

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 »

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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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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 .