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Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Crime Commission to City: Hire More Cops

Crime Commission to City: Hire More Cops

Non-profit organization calls on city to increase police manpower by 1,400 officers. Read »

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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By Lindsay Smith
      

FOP Not Thrilled With CeaseFire, CPD Deal

Money would be better spent hiring policemen and teachers, says Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields. Read »

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM
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By Natalie Martinez, Lindsay Smith, and Mitchell Grogg
      

12 Buildings Razed in Anti-Gang Fight

The buildings razed Thursday afternoon are part of Mayor Emanuel and Supt. Garry McCarthy's initiative to board up or demolish vacant buildings that serve as hubs of gang activity. Read »

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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By Lindsay Smith

Tourism Chief Takes a Shot at Crime Stats

Tourism Chief Takes a Shot at Crime Stats

The President and CEO of non-profit tourism agency Choose Chicago, Don Welsh, told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday that the crime eruption could damage the city's efforts to renew its tourism industries after... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Police Hold Roll Call on Mag Mile

Police Hold Roll Call on Mag Mile

As the saying goes, when the mercury rises so does the crime. The Chicago police showed that they are well prepared for both over the mid-week holiday, with a show of force Tuesday. Read »

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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By Lindsay Smith
      

Mayor Outraged by 7-Year-Old's Shooting Death

Mayor bristles when asked about gang strategy, saying shooting death of Heaven Sutton is about values, not crime. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Mayor: Pot Ticket Revenue Earmarked for Kids

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he's amended a proposal that would give officers the option to ticket, rather than arrest, people for having small amounts of marijuana. Read »

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Jeff Goldblatt

Fewer Than 60 Cops Sign Up for OT Initiative

Fewer Than 60 Cops Sign Up for OT Initiative

In the wake of a spate of shooting deaths and at least three downtown mob attacks, Chicago police introduced a plan earlier this week to offer overtime to officers to help combat the violence. Read »

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Emanuel Backs Pot Policy Change

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is playing his pot card. The Chicago mayor on Friday plans to back a proposed ordinance that reduces the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana within city limits. Emanuel said the... Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Take It Easy, Governor

Quinn, appearing with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, at a press conference to announce RICO laws in Illinois, heartily introduced Emanuel to the audience. 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.
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