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Water Tower Plaza To Be Renamed for Jane Byrne

Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name. Read »

Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Why Chicago Didn't Become Detroit

Chicago always had a more diversified economy than its Midwestern rivals, which prepared it for the day when trading things and thinking about things became more important than making things. That's why we're... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Former Mayor Jane Byrne Hospitalized

Former Mayor Jane Byrne Hospitalized

Newspaper reports Byrne suffered stroke earlier this year. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Does Emanuel Owe The Black Community?

Does Emanuel Owe The Black Community?

Black aldermen want more high-level appointments, saying their community is responsible for Emanuel's landslide. But he got the same percentage among whites. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Superman Is Coming To Chicago

Why Superman Is Coming To Chicago
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The producers of Superman: Man of Steel should find a role for Jane Byrne. She's the reason superheroes come to Chicago. 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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