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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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By Lisa Balde & Lauren Petty

Top Cop: 'We're Going To Have Good Days, Bad Days'

"We're going to have good days, we're going to have bad days," McCarthy said. "The first four months of this year, we're in a position we haven't been in since the mid-'60s as far as the murder rate goes." 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 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Axelrod Wants Voter Payback for Guns Stance

Axelrod Wants Voter Payback for Guns Stance

David Axelrod took to Twitter Wednesday to warn that votes against gun-control legislation could politically hurt Republicans in the long run. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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By Edward McClelland

NRA: Anti-Gun Poll Results Don't Matter

NRA: Anti-Gun Poll Results Don't Matter

Most Illinoisans favor more gun control, but the NRA's chief lobbyist says "you can't put constitutional rights up for referendum." 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 »

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Ranked Last In Personal Freedoms

Illinois Ranked Last In Personal Freedoms

You can't get high or carry a gun around here. Read »

Monday, Apr 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM
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By Lisa Balde

New $25 Gun Tax Begins In Cook County

New $25 Gun Tax Begins In Cook County

Buying a gun in Cook County officially became more expensive this week. A new $25 tax on every gun purchased in the county took effect Monday as part of County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to pay for... Read »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Who Needs Assault Weapons, When We Have Hammers?

Opinion: Who Needs Assault Weapons, When We Have Hammers?

Gun rights advocates say that hammers kill more people than assault rifles. Then they insist they need assault rifles to protect themselves. From carpenters? Read »

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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By John O'Connor

Proposed Gun Bill Could Further Crowd Prisons

Proposed Gun Bill Could Further Crowd Prisons

Chicago officials want to make it tougher on thugs packing weapons.
But legislation to increase prison time for illegal gun possession flies in the face of high-profile and competing policy issues. 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 »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .