Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Who Gets Money From the NRA?

Who Gets Money From the NRA?

In Illinois, the National Rifle Association only had a 58 percent success rate for candidates it funded. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Lisa Balde

Governor's Race Up Next For Illinois

There's no rest for Illinois where politics is concerned. The day after races were called for key seats in the House and Senate, not to mention President Barack Obama's re-election victory, all eyes now turn to... Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde, Melanie Kucera

Schock to Paul Ryan: Don't Screw Up

Schock to Paul Ryan: Don't Screw Up

Two of Capitol Hill's hottest congressmen also happen to be workout buddies and friends who trade advice and tout each other's physiques. So when Paul Ryan made a fund-raising stop Sunday in Illinois, Rep. Aaron... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Our First Metrosexual Governor?

Opinion: Our First Metrosexual Governor?

Rep. Aaron Schock talks about possible plans to run. After Rod Blagojevich, do we want another clothing-obssessed governor? Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Aaron Schock

Aaron Schock

Aaron Jon Schock is the Republican Party Candidate for the 18th Congressional District Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Stephen "Steve" James Waterworth

Stephen

Steve Waterworth is the Democratic Party Candidate for the 18th Congressional District Read »

Thursday, Aug 2, 2012 at 7:27 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Lawmakers Fight Olympic Medal Tax

Lawmakers Fight Olympic Medal Tax

Should United States Olympic medalists have to pay taxes on their awards? A current law mandates it and two Republican lawmakers want to change it. Read »

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Schock Ties Obama, Axelrod To Blago

Schock Ties Obama, Axelrod To Blago

Campaigning for Mitt Romney in Clinton, Iowa, the Peoria metrosexual fires a salvo across the Mississippi River. Read »

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Needs a Rural, Metrosexual Governor

Illinois Needs a Rural, Metrosexual Governor

Aaron Schock is said to be considering a run for governor. Who better to bridge the divide between Chicago and Downstate than a metrosexual from Peoria? Read »

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 10:02 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

The Legend of Aaron Schock Grows

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is D.C.'s "Hill Hunk. See Full Gallery »

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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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