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Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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By Lisa Balde & BJ Lutz

Chicago Council Approves Speed Cameras

Chicago Council Approves Speed Cameras

Chicago's City Council on Wednesday approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan 33-14 to add speed cameras near hundreds of city parks and schools. About 300 red-light cameras will be retrofitted with speed radars to... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 9:51 PM
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By Carol Marin

Opinion: How Can We 'Trust' Infrastructure Plan

Opinion: How Can We 'Trust' Infrastructure Plan

Such programs require checks, balances, accountability and transparency. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Bike Group Cam Catches Speeders Near Park

The Active Transportation Alliance wants Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speed cameras in Chicago. And the group, known for encouraging people to walk, bike or take public transit over driving, says it collected proof... Read »

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Cyclists Favor Speed Cameras

Cyclists Favor Speed Cameras

The Active Transportation Alliance says speed cameras will make Chicago safer for bikes and pedestrians. But what about speeding bikes? Read »

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Rahm Again Softens Speed Camera Proposal

Rahm Again Softens Speed Camera Proposal

Ahead of a committee vote on the installation of speed cameras near hundreds of Chicago parks and schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel tweaked the proposal a little more. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Rahm Amends Speed Camera Proposal

Rahm Amends Speed Camera Proposal

"This is about making sure people abide by the law," the mayor said, brushing aside criticism of the plan as a revenue grab by the city. He said Chicago has been investing in its children, now it is... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Speed Camera Consultant Is Emanuel Ally

Speed Camera Consultant Is Emanuel Ally

Greg Goldner, who managed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2002 run for Congress and oversaw For A Better Chicago, his secret campaign fund, is a consultant for Redflex Camera Systems Inc., which could make tens of millions... Read »

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Hundreds of Speed Cams Bound for City?

Hundreds of Speed Cams Bound for City?

Get ready to slow down or pay up in Chicago. Word is the speed cam bill will be introduced at Wednesday's meeting of the Chicago City Council. Read »

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 2:32 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Lawmakers Consider Suburban Speed Cameras

Lawmakers Consider Suburban Speed Cameras

Illinois lawmakers may follow Mayor Rahm Emanuel's lead on speed cameras. Sen. Tony Munoz proposed letting suburban communities retrofit red-light cameras with speed sensors at intersections near schools and... Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Emanuel to Tribune: Mind Your Own Business

Emanuel to Tribune: Mind Your Own Business

Before voting on a speed camera ordinance, the City Council should demand the information Mayor Rahm Emanuel is refusing to share with the public. 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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