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Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Legal Battle Could Derail Emanuel's South Side Development Plans

Legal Battle Could Derail Emanuel's South Side Development Plans

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plans to develop a Marriott hotel and DePaul basketball arena near the McCormick Place in the South Loop may have hit a brick wall over zoning issues. 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 »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Touts McCormick Place Redevelopment Plan

Rahm Emanuel isn’t holding back on his second anniversary as mayor of Chicago as he celebrated by announcing major renovations to the city’s prized McCormick Place. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM
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By Lauren Petty

Navy Pier Set For Massive Makeover

Construction on $278 million redevelopment plan will begin this fall. Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

DePaul Eyes $300 Million McCormick Place Arena

DePaul Eyes $300 Million McCormick Place Arena

Mayor Rahm Emanuel expected to announce plans this week. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Stephanie Jimenez

Election Night in Chicago

Chicago takes front and center once again on Election Night 2012. President Bara... See Full Gallery »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Chicago Stage Set for Election Night

Chicago Stage Set for Election Night

Team Obama changes Election Night procedure from 2008, city sets up space for election results watching. Watch »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:26 AM
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By Marcus Riley

President in Chicago for Election Day

President in Chicago for Election Day

President Barack Obama arrived back in Chicago early Tuesday in advance of his Election Night event at McCormick Place. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Rob Elgas

Obama Eyes McCormick Place for Election Night Event

The venue is a far different one from 2008, when an estimated 240,000 people poured into Grant Park for the the Election Night rally and subsequent celebration. Read »

Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 5:35 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski & Lisa Balde

2 Big Trade Shows Extend Chicago Stay

Two big trade shows are sticking with Chicago. The National Restaurant Association and International Manufacturing Technology Show have extended their agreements with McCormick Place through 2021 and 2020. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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