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Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

City Gives Green Light for New Red Light Camera Vendor

City Gives Green Light for New Red Light Camera Vendor

Chicago has given the green light to a new red light camera vendor. The Chicago Department of Transportation has officially appointed Xerox to take over the enforcement of their red light cameras, officials... Read »

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 »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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Authors
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 .