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Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Illinois Lawmakers, Lobbyists Debate Assault Rifles

Illinois Lawmakers, Lobbyists Debate Assault Rifles

Both sides of gun issue arguing whether civilians need military-style assault rifles. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Daley: Nation Must Seize Moment, Embrace Gun Reforms

Daley: Nation Must Seize Moment, Embrace Gun Reforms

Richard Daley, the mayor of Chicago when the city banned handguns more than two decades ago, says the nation "must seize this rare moment of shared outrage" and move forward with stronger gun regulations at the... Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: If We Legalize Drugs, Guns Will Become Much Less Dangerous

Opinion: If We Legalize Drugs, Guns Will Become Much Less Dangerous

But first, the drug rights movement needs some catchy slogans. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Bloomberg Doubles Down on Gun Ads

Bloomberg Doubles Down on Gun Ads

Bloomberg told reporters Tuesday that illegal handguns are a "scourge" on society and said the country needs sensible gun laws. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Poll: Illinois More Anti-Gun Than Rest of Nation

Poll: Illinois More Anti-Gun Than Rest of Nation

Fifty-nine percent of Illinoisans think controlling gun ownership is more important than the right to own guns. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: If The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Happened Today

Opinion: If The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Happened Today

In 1929, the murder of seven gangsters was so shocking it led to a constitutional amendment to overturn Prohibition. Now that mass shootings are a common feature of American life, it would be no big deal. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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By Associated Press

Council Passes "Straw Purchaser" Ordinance

Council Passes

Wednesday's vote on an ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is part of an effort by city and county officials to crack down on so-called straw purchasers. Those are people who legally buy weapons and then... Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Emanuel Calls For Longer Gun Possession Sentences

Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls Illinois's system of punishing felons for illegal gun possession "a turnstile and a revolving door." Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago Friday to talk about strengthening the U.S. economy as well as city gun violence. Read »

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 »

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Who We're Covering
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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