Ward Room
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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 6:31 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Ald. Burke To Undergo Prostate Cancer Surgery Thursday

Longtime Chicago Ald. Ed Burke (14th) confirmed he will undergo prostate cancer surgery on Thursday. Read »

Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Burke Closely Connected to Wrigley Company: Report

Burke Closely Connected to Wrigley Company: Report

Ald. Ed Burke reportedly has strong ties to Chicago's Wrigley Company. Burke and the Chicago City Council approved a deal 10 years ago to give $16 million in taxpayer subsidies to the Wrigley Company, according... 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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Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .