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Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Cook County commissioners are making it more expensive for suburban gun owners who don't report when their guns are stolen, destroyed, lost or sold. 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 »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:45 AM
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By BJ Lutz

"After The Happiest Day of Her Life, She’s Gone"

"After The Happiest Day of Her Life, She’s Gone"

President Barack Obama has mentioned The Windy City several times when talking about gun control, one of the big priorities of his second term. On Wednesday, the name of a 15-year-old girl shot and killed a day... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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By Christian Farr

Back from D.C., McCarthy Talks Guns

He said the meeting with the leaders and other law enforcement officers from around the country was a "wonderful experience" that dealt with "significant issues." Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Texas Senator Pens Letter to Banks Emanuel Pressured Over Guns

Texas Senator Pens Letter to Banks Emanuel Pressured Over Guns

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says Bank of America and TD Bank are welcome to do business in Texas. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Gun Show Offers Weapons that Quinn Wants to Ban

Gun Show Offers Weapons that Quinn Wants to Ban

As Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats vow to pursue a statewide ban on assault weapons, some of those same guns were on sale Saturday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Read »

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Will Chicago Play Host to the Gun Control Battle?

Will Chicago Play Host to the Gun Control Battle?

President Barack Obama won re-election, so the campaign staffers who ran his operation from a floor of the Prudential Tower have been searching for something to do with their time. Now that Obama has signaled a... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Keeps Chicago In Gun Debate

President Barack Obama is keeping his hometown in the gun-debate spotlight. For the second time in a month he noted Chicago's persistent violence in a major speech to the nation. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Gingrich Tries To Exploit Chicago Murders To Stop Gun Control

Opinion: Gingrich Tries To Exploit Chicago Murders To Stop Gun Control

If House Republicans hold hearings on gun control in Chicago, as Gingrich suggests, the families of murder victims should testify. Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Rahm Tells Pension Funds to Drop Gun Makers

Rahm Tells Pension Funds to Drop Gun Makers

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday ordered city pension funds to divest from any companies that manufacture assault weapons. “We cannot support or invest in companies that profit from the proliferation of assault... 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 .