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Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011 at 3:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Munoz, Colon Endorse del Valle

Munoz, Colon Endorse del Valle

Miguel del Valle wins the support of two progressive alderman, but the Latino community is still divided in its choice for mayor. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 at 9:43 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Hire More Cops, Tax LaSalle Street, Re-do the Parking Deal

Hire More Cops, Tax LaSalle Street, Re-do the Parking Deal

Ricardo Munoz and two fellow progressive aldermen can't get a quorum. Read »

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:33 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Clearing The Air

A Chicago Reader article highlights efforts by Rick Munoz and Lisa Madigan to clean up two coal-fired plants. Read »

Monday, Oct 11, 2010 at 2:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Berrios Ain't Ready for Reform

Deep down, this race is a class-based conflict over the role of government and machine politics. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Munoz: Politics Played No Part in My Announcement

"If a decent exit strategy demonstrates itself, I’m not one to pass that up,” Munoz says. Read »

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 4:43 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Arizonans are Nazis, and Other Lazy Rhetorical Devices from City Council

Arizonans are Nazis, and Other Lazy Rhetorical Devices from City Council

During an emotional city council debate, an alderman compares Arizona to the history's worst oppressors. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Dirtiest Plant in Chicago

The Dirtiest Plant in Chicago
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Aldermen held a press conference to demand two Southwest Side power plants clean up their acts. Read »

Friday, Apr 9, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Toni Preckwinkle, Backsliding Independent?

Toni Preckwinkle, Backsliding Independent?

Hard to burnish your indy bona fides while supporting party regulars. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Count People, Not Garbage

Count People, Not Garbage

Ald. Ricardo Munoz knows how many people live in the 22nd Ward by the amount of garbage they produce. That's not a good thing. Read »

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

Pol Position: In Which Alexi's Negatives are a Plus

Pol Position: In Which Alexi's Negatives are a Plus

Giannoulias included in corrupt dem conversation, Gutierrez faces eviction and Munoz has trouble setting up a party. 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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