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Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Don Babwin

Judge Gives Chicago 6 Months to OK Gun Sales Law

Judge Gives Chicago 6 Months to OK Gun Sales Law

A federal judge on Tuesday approved Chicago's request for a delay of six months to allow the city time to craft a new gun sales ordinance. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Legal Battle Over Guns in Chicago About Profits, Not Lives

Opinion: Legal Battle Over Guns in Chicago About Profits, Not Lives

The battle around gun-control laws in Chicago is driven in part by gun retailers who want to sell guns for a profit in the city limits. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 5:21 AM
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By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

AG: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

AG: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

Attorney General visits Chicago for ceremonial swearing-in for northern Illinois' new U.S. attorney, Zachary Fardon 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 »

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 »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Council Approves Chicago Gun Measures

City Council Approves Chicago Gun Measures

Chicago residents will no longer need a city permit to carry a gun or be mandated in most cases to lock their firearms, under a proposal approved at Wednesday's City Council meeting. Read »

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Quinn: 'Guns Are a Plague on Too Many of Our Communities'

Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday signed a new gun safety law that requires background checks for all gun purchasers statewide as well as the reporting of all lost and stolen guns for the first time in Illinois history. Read »

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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By Anthony Ponce

Durbin Bill Urges Police to Trace Recovered Guns

Durbin Bill Urges Police to Trace Recovered Guns

If Durbin's proposal passes, law enforcement agencies would not be eligible for any federal grants unless they work to trace 100 percent of the guns they recover at violent crime scenes. 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 »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Big Issues Remained on Legislature's Final Day

Big Issues Remained on Legislature's Final Day

Illinois lawmakers entered the final day of the legislative session Friday with two of the biggest issues facing the state still unresolved: a nearly $100 billion pension crisis and a court-ordered bill on... 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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