Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Rev. Jesse Jackson Attends Hugo Chavez Funeral

Of all the people attending Hugo Chavez's funeral Friday in Caracas, Venezuela, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is among them. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Who's Who in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Political Career

All the key players in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Political Career See Full Gallery »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. Talks About Jr.'s Release

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. Talks About Jr.'s Release

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will not be back in office any time soon, according to his father. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Jackson Jr Reportedly Debilitated by Depression

Jackson Jr Reportedly Debilitated by Depression

His wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson told the Sun-Times gossip columnist Michael Sneed over the weekend that the congressman was "completely debilitated by depression," and that the family imposed a news... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Pelosi Endorses Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Pelosi Endorses Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Jesse Jackson, Jr., received a big endorsement today in the race for the 2nd congressional district Democratic primary. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

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's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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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 .