Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM
|
By Associated Press

Chicago Youth Theater to be Honored by First Lady

Chicago Youth Theater to be Honored by First Lady

A Chicago youth theater organization is among about a dozen groups that will be honored during a ceremony with first lady Michelle Obama. Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM
|
By Ward Room Staff

Michelle Obama To Honor Chicago Alma Mater

Michelle Obama To Honor Chicago Alma Mater

The first lady this week will honor her Chicago alma mater's namesake. Michelle Obama, a proud graduate of Whitney Young High School, is scheduled to host a screening of a documentary about Young's life. Read »

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 9:42 PM
|
By Marcus Riley & Michelle Relerford

First Lady Lauds Chicago Career-Training Program

First Lady Michelle Obama returned home for some United Center concert fun before shining a light on youth empowerment as the city deals with gangs and violence. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM
|
By Edward McClelland

Obama Used In Pro-Gay Marriage Radio Ad

Obama Used In Pro-Gay Marriage Radio Ad

As the fight for black legislators' votes continues, gay marriage advocates use a sound bite from the president. Read »

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM
|
By Lisa Balde

FLOTUS Alma Mater Could Charge For Extra Class

FLOTUS Alma Mater Could Charge For Extra Class

Chicago Public Schools' budget woes are hitting Michelle Obama's high school alma mater. Beginning next year, students at Whitney Young Magnet High School may have to pay $500 if they want to take a seventh... Read »

Friday, Jun 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM
|
By Michelle Relerford

Harper High School Students Meet Michelle Obama

"Once in a lifetime" sums up the experience a group of students from Chicago's Harper High School had this week in Washington D.C. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM
|
By Lisa Balde

Michelle Obama To Meet With Harper High School Students

Michelle Obama To Meet With Harper High School Students

First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday will meet with students from Chicago's Harper High School during their trip to Washington D.C. The private meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT and will be closed to reporters.... Read »

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:44 AM
|
By Lisa Balde

New App Tracks Michelle Obama's Style

New App Tracks Michelle Obama's Style

If you're a fan of following First Lady Michelle Obama's style -- and judging by the latest trend in arm-lift cosmetic surgery fueled in part by Mrs. O's bicep-baring gowns, you are among many -- there's a... Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 7:12 AM
|
By Lisa Balde

Obama On Chicago Violence: 'Hadiya Pendleton Was Me'

Obama On Chicago Violence: 'Hadiya Pendleton Was Me'

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Chicago Wednesday to address youth violence in Chicago, by addressing business leaders and hearing first-hand accounts from kids. "Hadiya Pendleton was me and I was her," she... Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM
|
By Darlene Superville

First Lady Outlines Priorities In Vogue

First Lady Outlines Priorities In Vogue

Michelle Obama is pushing back against the notion that she and President Barack Obama don't socialize enough in Washington. Read »

About Ward Room
NBC Chicago's award winning politics blog takes a critical look at Illinois' top influence-peddlers, using a mix of news and commentary designed to keep this state's notoriously corruptible politicians honest and accountable.
Newsletters

Get Ward Room headlines sent to your inbox!

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.

See more Who We're Covering
Authors
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 .