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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

What Trash Pickup and Politics Have in Common

What Trash Pickup and Politics Have in Common

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for grid-based trash pickup makes sense because the city's ward map makes no sense. Read »

Friday, Aug 5, 2011 at 2:21 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Republicans' "Fair Map" Is Fair To Republicans

Republicans'

The Republicans' "Fair Congressional Map" offers a lesson in political cartography: if you really want a fair map, don't let a political party draw it. Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

City Council Clears The Air

Ald. George Cardenas, chair of the City Council's Health and Environment Committee, reintroduces the bill in his committee report. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Clean Power Ordinance To Be Reintroduced

Clean Power Ordinance To Be Reintroduced

Ald. Joe Moore and Ald. Danny Solis will hold a City Hall press conference this Thursday to announce a new effort to force two Southwest Side coal-burning plants to clean up their emissions. Read »

Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 9:03 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Far Can an Alderman Go in Politics?

How Far Can an Alderman Go in Politics?

Where can an alderman go after the City Council, besides jail? Plenty are elected to Congress, but mayor, governor or senator are a stretch. Read »

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Clean Power Ordinance Coming To A Vote?

Clean Power Ordinance Coming To A Vote?

The Chicago Clean Power Ordinance gets a committee hearing today. Follow the proceedings live on Twitter. Read »

Friday, Apr 1, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Should Ask For A Census Recount

Chicago Should Ask For A Census Recount

There are more than 2.6 million people in Chicago. How do I know? I was an enumerator, and I couldn't find everyone in my neighborhood. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Danny Solis Comes Clean

Danny Solis Comes Clean

Facing a runoff, the 25th Ward alderman decides to support the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance. Read »

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Other Side of the Tracks

The Other Side of the Tracks

The Burlington Northern tracks, which divide Lawndale from Little Village, the West Side from the Southwest Side, are Chicago's most impregnable racial barrier. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Munoz Envisions a More Powerful Council

Munoz Envisions a More Powerful Council

Aldermen are already plotting to take back powers they've lost to the Daley family. 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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