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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 »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

ATF Adding 7 Agents to Help Combat Chicago Violence

Seven additional agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives will be sent to Chicago to help combat the city’s violence. 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, Jun 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Rep. Robin Kelly Issues Gun Violence Report

In the wake of another violent Chicago weekend that left nearly 30 people wounded. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) issued a report called for tougher gun laws across the country. Read »

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 »

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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 .