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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 9:03 PM
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By Amanda Bonafiglia

City Extends Red Light Vendor Contract for Second Time

City Extends Red Light Vendor Contract for Second Time

Mayor Rahm Emanuel extended Chicago’s contract with Redflex for a second time Friday in hopes of ending the relationship for good in the near future. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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By Marcus Riley

School Closings Adversaries Press On

School Closings Adversaries Press On

CPS superintendent visiting schools, CTU plans rally. Read »

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 1:58 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

City to Turn Vacant Lots Into Farmland

City to Turn Vacant Lots Into Farmland

Chicago’s landscaping will be spotted with fruits and vegetables soon as Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to turn the city’s vacant lots into urban farms. Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Chicago Mag Names City's Most Powerful People

Chicago’s got the power.
Or at least it has some powerful people according to Chicago’s Power 100 by Chicagomag.com. 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 »

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

More than 500 teens are expected to submit their proposals and brainstorm with Chicago officials Saturday afternoon, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

City Pumps $5 Million Into Choose Chicago

City Pumps $5 Million Into Choose Chicago

Mayor, Aviation Department seek to promote city's airports. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

City, Police Sergeants Reach Contract Agreement

City, Police Sergeants Reach Contract Agreement

Four-year contract includes 9 percent pay increase and retiree health care. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

New Chicago-Made Interceptor Cop Cars Arrive

New Chicago-Made Interceptor Cop Cars Arrive

Police vehicles built at South Side Ford plant. Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm Clarifies CTA Versus Driving Comments

Mayor says Monday's comments were misconstrued. 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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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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