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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 »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde, Mary Ann Ahern

200 Cops to Move From Desks To Streets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving 200 Chicago police officers to the streets after a 15-year-old girl was gunned down Tuesday over what authorities say was a gang turf war. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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By Christian Farr

Back from D.C., McCarthy Talks Guns

He said the meeting with the leaders and other law enforcement officers from around the country was a "wonderful experience" that dealt with "significant issues." Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Top Cop Says New Gun Laws Don't Equal Gun Control

Top Cop Says New Gun Laws Don't Equal Gun Control

Chicago's top cop once again called for new laws to curb the flow of illegal guns of the city's streets. Supt. Garry McCarthy on Monday displayed 302 guns seized in the first two weeks of the year. McCarthy long... Read »

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 9:41 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Durbin Gets Gun Feedback from State's Top Cops

Sen. Dick Durbin is a member of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on the recommendations offered by the White House's Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Rahm, McCarthy Propose Community Policing Facelift

Rahm, McCarthy Propose Community Policing Facelift

Under the changes announced today, each police district will be assigned a CAPS sergeant and two police officers, as well as a community organizer and a shared youth services provider. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Emanuel, McCarthy Aim to Change CAPS

“You cannot have a successful community policing strategy, if you do not engage the community,” Emanuel said, announcing that he is shifting the resources of the current CAPS program to individual districts,... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

New Chicago-Made Interceptor Cop Cars Arrive

New Chicago-Made Interceptor Cop Cars Arrive

Police vehicles built at South Side Ford plant. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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