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Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 5:21 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Alderman: Hike Fines for Bikes on North Side Sidewalk

Alderman: Hike Fines for Bikes on North Side Sidewalk

Harry Osterman (48th) wants bicyclists to be fined $250 if they ride a bike on North Sheridan Road between West Ardmore and West Devon avenues. He said many bicyclists using the Lakefront Bike Path, which allows... Read »

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why the Far North Side Should Be Called a 'Democracy-Free Zone'

Why the Far North Side Should Be Called a 'Democracy-Free Zone'

As they have for the past dozen years, North Side ward committeemen are about to choose a new state legislator without public input. Read »

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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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