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Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Associated Press

Rahm: If Kids Read 2 Million Books, I'll Jump In the Lake

Rahm: If Kids Read 2 Million Books, I'll Jump In the Lake

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Bears' Israel Idonije say they'll take the Polar Bear Plunge this winter if Chicago schoolchildren read 2 million books. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Rahm Praises Israel Idonije For Public Service

Mayor says Bears standout is the perfect example of how people in highly visible positions should give back. 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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