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Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM
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By Michael Tarm

No Black Men in Beavers Jury Pool; Defense Objects

No Black Men in Beavers Jury Pool; Defense Objects

Race became an issue Tuesday at the tax-evasion trial of an influential Cook County commissioner after the defense complained there were no black men in an initial jury pool and asked for it to be dismissed. Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Chicago Mag Names City's Most Powerful People

Chicago’s got the power.
Or at least it has some powerful people according to Chicago’s Power 100 by Chicagomag.com. Read »

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 1:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois Pols React to Gay Marriage Advancement

Illinois Pols React to Gay Marriage Advancement

The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The bill now moves onto the House. Read »

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Mag's Power 100 Looks A Lot Like Ward Room

Chicago Mag's Power 100 Looks A Lot Like Ward Room

Check out the overlap. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Cook County commissioners are making it more expensive for suburban gun owners who don't report when their guns are stolen, destroyed, lost or sold. Read »

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Preckwinkle Endorses Hutchinson

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is passing over former staffer Robin Kelly to endorse state Sen. Toi Hutchinson in the 2nd Congressional District special election. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Chicago Gun Rules Could Extend to All Cook County

Chicago Gun Rules Could Extend to All Cook County

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking to broaden a requirement for gun owners to report the loss, theft or sale of firearms to include all of Cook County. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Stroger Sales Tax Hike Rolled Back in Cook County

Todd Stroger's controversial 2008 sales tax hike is officially rolled back, his successor announced Wednesday. Read »

Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Preckwinkle A "Governing" Magazine Public Official of the Year

Preckwinkle A

The Cook County Board President is one of two local officials to win the honor this year. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Preckwinkle and Rahm Play Nice for Cameras

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle held different media events, but they were asked the same question - what’s up with their relationship? 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.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .