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Friday, Apr 8, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Rhymefest Won't Seek a Recount

Campaign says report will be released next week addressing "election irregularities." Read »

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011 at 10:49 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

End of the Show for Rhymefest?

End of the Show for Rhymefest?

Ald. Willie Cochran claims victory, but rapper says not so fast. Read »

Monday, Apr 4, 2011 at 4:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Five Runoffs to Watch

Five Runoffs to Watch
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Here are next Tuesday's five most interesting aldermanic runoffs. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Best of Rhymefest

The Best of Rhymefest
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Is alderman candidate Che "Rhymefest" Smith a misogynistic thug, as opponent Willie Cochran claims? Or is he an enlightened poet, as hip-hop experts say. Listen for yourself. Read »

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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By Natalie Martinez
      

Rhymefest Grabs Former Opponents' Support

The rapper-aldermanic candidate also addresses lyrics controversy. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Lupe Fiasco Stumps for Rhymefest

Meet a candidate who shouldn't have a problem energizing the youth vote. See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 10:01 PM
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By Steve Bryant
      

Rhymefest for Alderman

Grammy Award-winning rapper running in 20th Ward. Read »

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

What Rhymes With Alderman?

What Rhymes With Alderman?
YouTube

Rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith plans to run for 20th Ward Alderman. Read »

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