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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 »

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Police To Increase Security at Gang Funerals

Chicago officials are taking a new approach to gang funerals after a shooting inside a church left one man dead and another injured. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Attorney: Mayor Can End Police Code of Silence

Attorney: Mayor Can End Police Code of Silence

A lawyer for a bartender who won an $850,000 settlement in a landmark civil trial against the city of Chicago said it's now the mayor's responsibility to put an end to a code of silence in the police... Read »

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Cop Tech 'Listens' for Gunshots

Technology being deployed in a couple of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods can identify the sound of gunshots and pinpoint responding officers to their location. 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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