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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 »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 5:30 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Dodges Question on "Morning Joe"

Quinn Dodges Question on

Will Gov. Pat Quinn tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about his real relationship with Chicago's mayor? Not on live television. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Cubs: No Work Until Rooftops Promise Not to Sue

"We must resolve once and for all the threat of litigation and the enforcement of existing rooftop ordinances and long term certainty over control of our outfield," read a Ricketts Family statement after the... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Play Ball! Cubs Get More Night Games

City Council passes plan to allow 40 night games per year. Read »

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 4:03 PM
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By Emily Florez
      

Wrigley Renovation Talks 'In Bottom of The Ninth'

The seemingly never-ending conversation surrounding Wrigley Field renovations may be close to ending. "There's improvements that have to happen at Wrigley Field, and there's things that also Wrigleyville... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Opinion: Cubs, Wrigley Field Stuck With Each Other

No amount of scoreboard ads or naming rights could compensate for the attendance crash the Cubs would suffer in Rosemont. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Emanuel: Let's Get Wrigley Renovation Deal Done

There may be no taxpayer subsidy but the Ricketts family is asking for an easing of certain restrictions on signs and night games Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Quinn Accuses Rahm of Smearing Nominee

Gov. Pat Quinn is accusing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel of character assassination for questioning the qualifications of the governor's pick to lead the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority board. Read »

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Cubs Owner Wants To Tie Obama To Rev. Wright

Cubs Owner Wants To Tie Obama To Rev. Wright

Joe Ricketts, angry right-wing billionaire and patriarch of the family that owns the Cubs, is hatching a $10 million plan to attack the president's character by tying him to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. 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 »

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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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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