Ward Room
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Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Releases Tax Returns, Earns $400K

Emanuel Releases Tax Returns, Earns $400K

Mayor Rahm Emanuel released his tax returns for the first time as mayor Tuesday and reported earning more than $409,000 in 2012 from his city salary and income from investments. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:27 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Hyatt Hotel Expansion Points To Bigger Things

Rahm lauds expansion, economic impact of investing in McCormick Place area. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM
      

Rahm Tears Up At Domestic Violence Event

Mayor gets emotional while talking about domestic violence victims. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM
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By mary ann ahern, marcus riley
      

Mayor, CPS Chief Discuss Next Steps In Closings Plan

Rahm Emanuel and Barbara Byrd-Bennett push forward with school closings plan. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Cook County president tells Sun-Times that too many schools are marked for closure. Read »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm Not Worried About Lagging Poll Numbers

Mayor says he's focused on making tough decisions. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm, McCarthy Reassure New Chicago Cops

Rahm: "You do not bear burden alone of reducing crime." Read »

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM
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By Anthony Ponce
      

Churches, Non-Profits Want Their Free Water Back

Coalition of church leaders, social service agencies protest mayor's decision to pay for water. Read »

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 »

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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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