Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Can City Council Oust Faisal Khan?

Can City Council Oust Faisal Khan?

Faisal Khan's future hangs in the balance as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his aldermanic allies took action depose the ambitious Legislative Inspector General and transfer watchdog duties to Joseph Ferguson. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Apple Maps Abruptly Renames Stony Island Avenue

Apple Maps Abruptly Renames Stony Island Avenue

Some Chicago aldermen are raising eyebrows over the revelation that Apple's iPhone maps app has abruptly re-named a mayor South Side thoroughfare. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mocks Quinn Aide For 'Passing Notes' During Non-Debate

Rauner Mocks Quinn Aide For 'Passing Notes' During Non-Debate

Now that the gloves are off, Bruce Rauner is going after Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election team. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Quinn, Rauner Spar at Tribune Editorial Session

Quinn, Rauner Spar at Tribune Editorial Session

The feisty tone of the Illinois governor's race ratcheted up Tuesday as Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner took personal and nasty jabs during a televised side-by-side newspaper editorial board meeting. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Alderman Wants Speed-Limit Increase After Spike in Tickets

A Chicago alderman is taking the city's red light camera problems into his own hands. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Two of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most vocal critics are incher closer to making a decision on whether to challenge him at the ballot box this February. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The 10 Most Riveting Moments in the Rauner-Quinn (Non) Debate

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner hurled the lowest of blows at one another during the rivals' first official debate, held Tuesday morning before the Chicago Tribune... Read »

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial

Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial

The legendary Chicago Bears coach is as beloved as he is ubiquitous here in the Windy City, where the 74-year-old sports icon and ESPN radio host hawks all sorts of national and local brands—raking in an... Read »

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 3:50 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Education Plan Short on Specifics

Rauner Education Plan Short on Specifics

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner outlined an education reform plan Monday that touched on teacher merit pay, overhauling tenure and changing the state's school funding format, but the proposal... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Karen Lewis Loans $40,000 to Her Campaign

Karen Lewis Loans $40,000 to Her Campaign

Chicago Teacher's Union President and potential mayoral contender in 2015 Karen Lewis has boosted her own fundraising efforts. Lewis Monday revealed that she had loaned her own campaign $40,000. 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 .