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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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By BJ Lutz
      

McCarthy on Weekend Violence: 'We Lost It' on Sunday

Despite a surge of officers placed in strategic spots throughout the city, efforts to keep Independence Day weekend violence down weren't as successful as hoped, Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy told... Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Bloody Holiday Creates More Than One Reality In Chicago

Opinion: Bloody Holiday Creates More Than One Reality In Chicago

Amid the beer and brats, fireworks and festivals, did you hear the sound of gunfire ringing in the air? If you didn’t, you can rest assured many, many of your fellow Chicagoans did. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

CPS Plugs $876 Million Budget Deficit With Controversial 'One-Time' Fix

CPS Plugs $876 Million Budget Deficit With Controversial 'One-Time' Fix

Some old habits die hard. When Chicago Public Schools unveiled its $5.8 million proposed budget for 2015 on Wednesday, the cash-strapped district revealed more of the same: It would plug a huge hole in the... Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 7:32 AM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
 

CPS Students Rally for Summer Safety

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the just-completed school year was the safest on record since the district began tracking student safety data in 2007. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Whole Foods Breaks Ground on New Store in Englewood

Whole Foods Breaks Ground on New Store in Englewood

Mayor Rahm Emanuel broke ground Tuesday on an 18,000-square-foot Whole Foods store planned to a 5.5-acre retail development in Englewood in 2016. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

McCarthy: City Death Toll at Lowest Rate Since 1963

Chicago police say the city had fewer homicides during the first six months of 2014 but dozens more shooting incidents and victims than during the same period in 2013. Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Poll Finds Chicagoans Dislike Trump, Agree With Sign

Poll Finds Chicagoans Dislike Trump, Agree With Sign

A new Donald Trump-centric poll from Capitol Fax's Rich Miller and We Ask America reveals much of what we already knew: Illinoisians don't really like the mouthy real estate mogul from New York. But in a bit of... Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Karen Lewis Discusses Possible Mayoral Run

Chicago Teacher's Union president expects to make decision by August. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Karen Lewis 'Seriously' Considering Mayoral Run

Sources tell NBC 5 Karen Lewis is “seriously looking” at a run for mayor. She has met with election attorneys and is expected to make a final decision in August. Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Pride Parade: Which Politicians Will Appear, Which Won't?

Pride Parade: Which Politicians Will Appear, Which Won't?

What politician wouldn't want to appear before a crowd of nearly one million people? There may be a few. 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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