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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Opinion: Bill Daley Wastes Our Time for a Lark

Opinion: Bill Daley Wastes Our Time for a Lark

He didn't need to kiss any rings to make a strong showing in the race. That's the old way of doing things, they way his dad and brother did things in Illinois politics. But there is a new era in the Democratic... Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Want a long career in Chicago politics? Don't try to reform it. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Obama Should Run For Senate In 2016

The president will only be 55 years old when he leaves the White House. He'll need a new job. So why not his old one? Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Give Chicago's Wards Names Instead of Numbers

Opinion: Give Chicago's Wards Names Instead of Numbers

No one knows where the 45th Ward is located, but everyone would know if it were called Jefferson Park instead. Read »

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Appointments Are A Good Deal for Mayor, Alderman, Not Voters

Opinion: Appointments Are A Good Deal for Mayor, Alderman, Not Voters

Aldermen appointed to the City Council almost always win the next election. Read »

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Kirk Dillard Running For Governor, But In Which Year?

Opinion: Kirk Dillard Running For Governor, But In Which Year?

State Sen. Kirk Dillard's candidacy would be perfect for 1864, 1884, 1990, 1994 or 2002. But maybe not 2014. Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Streets and San Commish Blows Off Inspector General

Streets and San Commish Blows Off Inspector General

Inspector General Joe Ferguson says Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams walked out of a meeting in which he was asked to provide information on the city's grid-based garbage collection system. Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Chicago Has Two Seasons: Winter and Murder

Opinion: Chicago Has Two Seasons: Winter and Murder

After 14 murders in February, we're on a pace for 66 in July. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: What If NATO Protesters Had Behaved Like Blackhawks Fans?

They would have gotten their asses kicked, for embarrassing the mayor. Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Sheila Simon: Vote For My Dad -- I Mean, Vote For Me

Sheila Simon: Vote For My Dad -- I Mean, Vote For Me

Lt. Gov Sheila Simon is planning a run for attorney general, but has so far has no platform beyond, "I'm Paul Simon's daughter." 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.
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