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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

For Sale: $1 Vacant Lots in Englewood

For Sale: $1 Vacant Lots in Englewood

A new land sale program is giving residents of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood the opportunity to purchase city-owned land for $1 per parcel. Read »

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 6:53 PM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Named "Earth Hour" Capital of U.S. for 2014

Chicago Named

Chicago has been named the 2014 Earth Hour capital of the United States by the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour City Challenge. Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rahm Reaffirms: No Presidential Run

Rahm Reaffirms: No Presidential Run

He was pressed on the issue at a press event following a report in the Washington Times that named him as a possible White House contender in 2016. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM
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By Emily Florez
      

Emanuel's Solution to Chicago's Pothole Problem

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he would rather build new roads than pave the old ones. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Can Robert Shaw Beat Rahm Emanuel in 2015?

Not only will Shaw and Enyia face off against a powerful politician with ties to the White House and Chicago's power elite, they'll also face his $6.2 million campaign war chest. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

10 Things President Rahm Would Bring to White House

10 Things President Rahm Would Bring to White House

Emanuel denies he's interested in higher office everytime he's asked. We've written in the past about why Emanuel will never assume the presidency, but what the heck. In the paraphrased words of Emanuel... Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM
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By Colleen Connolly
      

Emanuel Orders Pothole "Strike Teams"

Teams from the Department of Transportation have been formed to fill the potholes on arterial streets every Monday and Friday. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 9:08 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Calls For Pothole Audit of City Side Streets

Emanuel Calls For Pothole Audit of City Side Streets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an audit of arterial streets repaved last year by private contractors to find out if any potholes have formed. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Rahm Says Soldier Field Expansion Needs to 'Make Sense'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cautioning people not to get ahead of themselves when it comes to the expansion of Soldier Field. Read »

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Frazier Moore

CNN's "Chicagoland" Airs Thursday

CNN's

When President Barack Obama spoke out last week against the crime, violence and poverty that ensnares young men of color in epidemic numbers, he might have been voicing a promo for "Chicagoland," the docuseries... 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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