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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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 »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Top Issues Facing Illinois Lawmakers

Top Issues Facing Illinois Lawmakers

Illinois lawmakers face a Friday deadline and a half-dozen major issues are still pending. Here's where they stood on Wednesday: Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By michelle relerford, phil rogers

Illinois Senators Target Gangster Disciples Gang

Bipartisan pair believe plan could involved up to 18,000 arrests. 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 »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Marcus Riley

McCarthy Downplays Weather's Effect on Crime

Police superintendent says stronger methods needed to decrease flow of illegal guns. Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Illinois State Rifle Association's Newtown Message Insensitive

Opinion: Illinois State Rifle Association's Newtown Message Insensitive

"Having a child murdered doesn't automatically make one an expert on violent crime," group says in "Special Alert." Read »

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Group Wants To Give Shotguns to Single Moms

Opinion: Group Wants To Give Shotguns to Single Moms

The Armed Citizen Project: encouraged dependency on handouts, or helping the poor exercise their Second Amendment rights? 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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