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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois AG Unveils Petcoke Legislation

Illinois AG Unveils Petcoke Legislation

The grainy black substance is a byproduct of oil refining. Residents on Chicago's Southeast Side have recently complained of health and pollution fears after piles amassed along the Calumet River. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 7:43 AM
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By Ward Room Staff, The Associated Press

State Officials File Emergency Rules for "Petcoke"

State Officials File Emergency Rules for "Petcoke"

State officials unveiled proposed guidelines Monday for the handling and storage of petroleum coke in Illinois, a move that drew sharp criticism from business groups, who called it unnecessary, and residents... Read »

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Petcoke Story an Example of Government in Action

Opinion: Petcoke Story an Example of Government in Action

Sometimes, it’s important to take a moment and savor when government gets things right. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
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 was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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