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Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Study Shows Murder in Chicago a Tale of Two Cities

Study Shows Murder in Chicago a Tale of Two Cities

A new study from Yale University highlights an important truth: your chance of being murdered in Chicago depends on where you live. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
 

Mayor Goes on CPD Ride-Along With McCarthy

The tour through the Chicago Police Department's 3rd and 6th districts came just days after a mass shooting at a park on the city's south side and on a weekend that saw more than 20 people wounded by bullets. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Quinn Ready to Talk State Police Help with Chicago Violence

After Thursday’s mass Chicago shooting left 13 people injured, Gov. Pat Quinn said he’s open and ready to talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about bringing in reinforcements from the Illinois State Police to help stem... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM
      

Rahm, McCarthy Say Foot Patrols Are Working

Officials say "Operation Impact" responsible for reducing crime in city's problem areas. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Top Cop: Chicago Fighting Perception as Murder Capital

Despite a violent holiday weekend, Chicago's police superintendent said the city marked its lowest murder rate since 1965 and has made progress since notching 500 murders in 2012. 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 »

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:31 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

City Applied for Grant Money to Hire More Cops

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Garry McCarthy have repeatedly said that hiring new officers wasn't necessary. The department currently has about 12,000 sworn officers. Read »

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Impact Zone Strategy Working, Will Expand, Officials Say

Earlier this year, the Chicago Police Department designated 20 "impact zones," areas which comprise just 3 percent of the city, but account for more than 20 percent of Chicago’s violent crime. Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Exceeds Funds Allocated for Police Settlements

City Exceeds Funds Allocated for Police Settlements

The city of Chicago has exceeded the $27 million it set aside for the year to pay to settle lawsuits against the police department. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Chicago Cops Seize 680 Guns Citywide

With a national focus on Chicago and what many view as an alarming murder rate, officials have repeatedly insisted that for the most part, the city is actually very safe, with isolated but very violent pockets.... Read »

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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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