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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Free Garbage Service Cost Chicago Taxpayers $6.6 Million Per Year

Free Garbage Service Cost Chicago Taxpayers $6.6 Million Per Year

Well, this is garbage: Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson has detailed a decade of improper and illegal clout-fueled clean-up by the Department of Streets and Sanitation costing taxpayers nearly $6.6 million... Read »

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm On Wrigley Plan: 'They Have Work to Do'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't hide his objections Wednesday to the Chicago Cubs new plans for the expansion of Wrigley Field. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

The Alley Owner Eyes Aldermanic Bid

The Alley Owner Eyes Aldermanic Bid

For residents of the 44th Ward, it looks like the 2015 election cycle has already begun. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Alderman To Offer Self-Defense Workshop

Chicago Alderman To Offer Self-Defense Workshop

A Chicago alderman is offering help for people who want to feel safer in their neighborhood. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) put together a free self-defense and safety class to provide "relevant tools for many types of... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Alderman Demands Changes to Wrigley Renovation Plan

Alderman Demands Changes to Wrigley Renovation Plan

The north side alderman whose ward includes Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon said he can't get behind a proposed $500 million facelift to the park unless a few big demands are met. Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 11:40 PM
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By Anthony Ponce & Mary Ann Ahern

Alderman Challenges Wrigley Field Plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to renovate the area around Wrigley Field is getting a lukewarm reception from one alderman. Ald. Tom Tunney wrote a letter to residents this week, telling them no agreement has been... Read »

Thursday, Dec 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Walmart Frightens Lake View

Walmart Frightens Lake View
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Does anyone doubt that Walmart wanted to be on the North Side all along? Read »

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

A North Side Mayor, From the South Side

A North Side Mayor, From the South Side
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A long overdue power shift may be coming to Chicago. Here's how. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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Authors
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .