Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Kwame Raoul Considering Run For Governor

Kwame Raoul Considering Run For Governor

The Hyde Park state senator who replaced Obama was thinking of running for attorney general. Now that Lisa Madigan is seeking re-election, he may aim higher. Read »

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: A Madiglossary

Opinion: A Madiglossary

A guide to understanding House Speaker Michael J. Madigan Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Alexandria Fisher

Governor's Race Heats Up

The race for Illinois governor continues to take shape as potential candidates roll in, or out. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

After the long slow tease of more than one year, which certainly helped her campaign coffers, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she will run for re-election. But that doesn’t keep political junkies from... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Sheila Simon Running for Comptroller

Sheila Simon Running for Comptroller

Simon will be the underdog against Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. (And she'll have to beat Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn in the primary.) Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Gubernatorial Odds

Gubernatorial Odds

The post-Lisa Madigan edition Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Look Out for Madigan, Mark Kirk!

Opinion: Look Out for Madigan, Mark Kirk!

Lisa Madigan probably would have lost a race for governor. But she could beat Kirk for U.S. Senate. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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Madigan Passes on Run for Governor, Cites Father

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced plans Monday to seek re-election, ending months of speculation about her possible run for governor. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Lisa Madigan Will Always Be the Next Governor of Illinois

Opinion: Lisa Madigan Will Always Be the Next Governor of Illinois

Will Lisa Madigan run for governor next year? Maybe. Will she win? Probably not. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Winning Cook County Won't Win You The Governorship

Opinion: Winning Cook County Won't Win You The Governorship

If winning Cook County were enough to win a Democratic primary, Roland Burris and Paul Vallas would have been governor. 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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