Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Trade Jabs

The Illinois governor's race continues to heat up. Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: How Rahm Failed on Obama High School

Opinion: How Rahm Failed on Obama High School

The Obama College Prep blow-up speaks to Emanuel's shaky standing within Chicago's black community—a crucial voter segment for the incumbent Democrat—and reaction to the decision to remove the president from the... Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who was in the minority of senators voting against the Iraq War 12 years ago, says he he had "no choice" but to support President Obama's... Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

Who's ready for a mud bath? Another week, another shameless display of political character assassination. Let's jump in! Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar Over Jobs

Quinn lauds new state job numbers, Rauner claims people have stopped looking for work. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

New CPS High School Will Not be Named After Obama

New CPS High School Will Not be Named After Obama

Officials scrap plans to name school after Obama due to "questions and concerns from the community." Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Dueling Quinn-Rauner Attack Ads Spew Venom on Moral Character

Out-campaigned on the income inequality issue, Bruce Rauner is pumping up a media campaign to redirect focus upon Illinois' most powerful Democrats and tying Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan and... Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Daily Dish: Today's Political Roundup

Daily Dish: Today's Political Roundup

9/18/14: Mary Ann Ahern gets you up to speed on the Republican governor's race. Bruce Rauner's courting veterans and Jeb Bush, while Pat Quinn is looking for a boost in unemployment numbers. Watch »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Still undecided on running for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is soliciting supporters on Twitter to help pad her campaign war chest with enough money to go up against Rahm Emanuel's... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals

Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic. 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 .