Ward Room
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Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Poll Says Karen Lewis Could Be Strong Mayoral Contender

Looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel may want to take Karen Lewis seriously. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent -- 'Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring "Simpsons" character -- delivered an especially batty Twitter rant... Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

What Pat Quinn Has to Do With Uber Expansion

What Pat Quinn Has to Do With Uber Expansion

Uber's goal to explain its Midwest branch by 500 employees within the next two years depends upon the approval of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM
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By Erin Carlson

CTU Boss Endorses The Hulk Over Superman

CTU Boss Endorses The Hulk Over Superman

Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis might be cagey about plans to run for mayor, but she has a lot to say on a debate that divides many a comic book geek. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By BJ Lutz and Marcus Riley
      

Cubs Win Approval for 7 Wrigley Field Signs

The city's Commission on Landmarks voted in favor of the team's plan after a 3-hour meeting Thursday in which the team presented its expanded blueprint to renovate the baseball stadium. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ald. Danny Solis Suggests Chicago Peace Corps to Curb Violence

Ald. Danny Solis Suggests Chicago Peace Corps to Curb Violence

Ald. Danny Solis says Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his City Hall policy team are "looking" at his intriguing pitch to create a Chicago Peace Corps as part of a long-term strategy to curb the city's deadly street... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Offers Rahm State Police Help for Violence

Quinn Offers Rahm State Police Help for Violence

Quinn told reporters Tuesday after an unrelated event that he'll only do so if Emanuel asks and won't "impose anything" on any municipality. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Lauren Petty
      

Some Workers Say $13 Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

While they certainly won't look a gift horse in the mouth, there were some on Tuesday looking at a panel's recommendation to raise Chicago's minimum wage by more than $4 an hour with a bit of disappointment. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Can Send a Message by Raising Minimum Wage

Opinion: Chicago Can Send a Message by Raising Minimum Wage

Raising the minimum wage in Chicago can send a clear message about the city's—and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s—priorities. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Panel Recommends $13 Minimum Wage in Chicago

Minimum Wage Working Group says wages would increase earnings for about 410,000 people and inject nearly $800 million into the Chicago economy. 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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