Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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By Haley BeMiller

George Lucas Donates $25 Million To Chicago Youth Program

George Lucas Donates $25 Million To Chicago Youth Program

Funds from the George Lucas Family Foundation will go toward the city's After School Matters program. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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By Lisa Balde

City Removing 2 Workers from After School Matters

City Removing 2 Workers from After School Matters

Two city employees working for After School Matters will be removed from the Maggie Daley-founded charity in early 2012, according to a city statement. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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By Edward McClelland

After School Matters Loses Its Clout

After School Matters Loses Its Clout

Now that Richard M. Daley is out of office, his wife's favorite charity is investigated by the Inspector General for receiving sweetheart donations from businesses receiving TIF money. Read »

Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 at 11:14 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Maggie Daley Gives Emanuel After School Matters Tour

Mayor-elect said program is a model for the rest of the country. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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By Lauren Jiggetts
      

Maggie Daley Not Done Working After Husband's Political Retirement

Wednesday gala honors after-school program she pioneered. Read »

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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.

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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