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Media Burn’s Chicago Collection is the cornerstone of our archive, spanning more than a half century of history and culture. The Chicago Collection contains unique cultural and historical records of this city’s people, places, and events from a distinctly non-commercial point of view, not represented or collected elsewhere. Hundreds of subjects, including ordinary people, musicians, mayors, baseball legends, radio personalities, community leaders, and neighborhood festivals are captured for posterity.The archive contains a particularly comprehensive documentation of local politics, featuring the lives and times of Alderman Vito Marzullo; Congressman Rahm Emanuel; Congressman Dan Rostenkowski; Senator Carol Moseley-Braun; Governors Jim Edgar and George Ryan; mayors Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, and Richard J. and Richard M. Daley; and many more. The footage in this collection, produced by passionate independent observers, provides a rare and valuable counterpoint to the official histories of many of Chicago’s most noteworthy 20th century characters.