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Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

City Announces Plans for New Sports Complex in Morgan Park

City Announces Plans for New Sports Complex in Morgan Park

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several city officials unveiled plans Saturday for a new sports complex set to be built in the Morgan Park neighborhood. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 5:31 AM
      

Rahm Announces $15 Million Expansion Of Elementary School

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan Monday to expand a Northwest Side school plagued by overcrowding. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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By anthony ponce
 

Rahm Plans to Rename Stony Island Avenue

South Side thoroughfare would be renamed Reverend Bishop Brazier Avenue. Read »

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM
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By Associated Press and Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Marks March on Washington

Chicago Marks March on Washington

Dozens of Chicagoans gathered Saturday at DuSable of African American History to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Read »

Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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By Associated Press

Free Chicago Youth Basketball Clinics Extended

Free Chicago Youth Basketball Clinics Extended

Nike and the city of Chicago are extending a series of free basketball clinics held in neighborhood parks this summer. Read »

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Meeting the Mayor Leads Chicago Teen to Dream Internship

It was a chance meeting earlier this spring with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 18-year-old Martell Cowan… a meeting that lead to Cowan landing an internship at Chicago’s City Hall. Read »

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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By Marcus Riley & Michelle Relerford
      

First Lady Lauds Chicago Career-Training Program

First Lady Michelle Obama returned home for some United Center concert fun before shining a light on youth empowerment as the city deals with gangs and violence. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM
      

City Council Passes Assault Weapons Ban

New law stiffens penalties for possession of high-capacity weapons. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

After the long slow tease of more than one year, which certainly helped her campaign coffers, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she will run for re-election. But that doesn’t keep political junkies from... Read »

Thursday, Jul 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Protesters Hold Holiday 'Block Party' Outside Emanuel's Home

This Fourth of July block party wasn't your typical red, white and blue celebration. 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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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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