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Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Supports Expanded Gun Offender Registry

Emanuel Supports Expanded Gun Offender Registry

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he supports an alderman's proposal to expand the city's gun offender registry. Read »

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 6:31 AM
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By Alan Fram

Senate Panel OKs Guns Bills Honoring Hadiya Pendleton

Senate Panel OKs Guns Bills Honoring Hadiya Pendleton

In Congress' first gun votes since the Newtown, Conn., nightmare, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to toughen federal penalties against illegal firearms purchases, even as senators signaled that... Read »

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Lincoln Statue

Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Lincoln Statue

At the Abraham Lincoln statue on the state capital lawn, gun owners chant "conceal carry now." Read »

Friday, Mar 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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By Edward McClelland

State Rep. Compares Gun Control to Castration

State Rep. Compares Gun Control to Castration

During a debate on guns, Rep. Jim Sacia makes an ugly analogy about Chicago's alleged overbreeding problem. Turns out rural Illinois has a higher birth rate than we do. Read »

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 »

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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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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