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Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel "Less Safe": Poll

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel

A Chicago Tribune poll reveals that Illinois' new concealed carry law, introduced in January, makes a majority of Chicagoans feel unsafe. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent -- 'Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring "Simpsons" character -- delivered an especially batty Twitter rant... Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Illinois’ Newest Boom Industry Could Be Gun Instructors

With 1.6 million registered gun owners and 400,000 expected concealed-carry applicants, there’s little doubt the need for concealed carry instructors in Illinois will grow. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM

City Council Passes Assault Weapons Ban

New law stiffens penalties for possession of high-capacity weapons. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

State Senate Committee OKs Ammunition Limit

State Senate Committee OKs Ammunition Limit

Legislation to ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds advances with 12-3 vote. Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk's vote on the background check bill validates my vote for Senator Kirk. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

What Obama Really Thinks About Guns

What Obama Really Thinks About Guns

In a 2000 interview, Obama said, "It's undeniable that the pervasiveness of guns in this country contributes to violence...and if we can eliminate those guns...it eliminates the most egregious results." Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Rural Gun Laws Make No Sense In Big City

Opinion: Rural Gun Laws Make No Sense In Big City

Let's just say no thanks to folks from Metamora, Marion and Mount Vernon who think flooding Chicago with guns will make the city safer. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Illinois Lawmakers, Lobbyists Debate Assault Rifles

Illinois Lawmakers, Lobbyists Debate Assault Rifles

Both sides of gun issue arguing whether civilians need military-style assault rifles. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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By Associated Press

Council Passes "Straw Purchaser" Ordinance

Council Passes

Wednesday's vote on an ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is part of an effort by city and county officials to crack down on so-called straw purchasers. Those are people who legally buy weapons and then... Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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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 .