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Monday, Nov 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Booze Gets Pricier in Cook County

Booze Gets Pricier in Cook County

The Cook County Board voted Monday on an alcohol tax hike that's already unpopular with bar owners. Read »

Friday, May 7, 2010 at 6:53 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Before Obama, the South Side's Favorite Son Was Stephen Douglas

Before Obama, the South Side's Favorite Son Was Stephen Douglas
AP

Douglas left a legacy of racism that still resonates today. 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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