Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Next, Next Senator from Illinois: Aaron Schock

The Next, Next Senator from Illinois: Aaron Schock

If Alexi Giannoulias wins, you can bet Aaron Schock will be eyeing his seat. Read »

Thursday, Aug 5, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Illinois Republicans Don't Need to Court the Hard Right

Why Illinois Republicans Don't Need to Court the Hard Right

Do Aaron Schock, Bill Brady and Mark Kirk need help from Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart? Read »

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Shocker: Obama's $30K Party is "Out of Touch", Says Rep. Aaron

Obama's stimulus "wasn't the stimulus my constituents were hoping for." 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.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .