Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

The Illinois House has reportedly extended its deadline one week for considering a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Bill Clinton Urges Illinois House To Approve Gay Marriage

Bill Clinton Urges Illinois House To Approve Gay Marriage

Former President Bill Clinton threw his weight behind stalled legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, calling on the state House to approve the bill. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Clinton: Obama Won Final Debate

Former President Bill Clinton said President Barack Obama excelled Monday night at his final presidential debate meeting with challenger Mitt Romney. Read »

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Chicago Welcomes Nobel Peace Laureates

The three-day summit kicks off Monday with speeches from Gov. Pat Quinn and former President Bill Clinton. Mayor Rahm Emanuel also will join former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and actor and activist Sean... Read »

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Lisa Balde

Rahm Promises to Build "New Chicago"

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has good news for about 30,000 Chicagoans out of work right now. Emanuel announced Thursday a "major new infrastructure program" to create tens of thousands of jobs across Chicago by... Read »

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Clinton to Speak at Nobel Peace Summit

Clinton to Speak at Nobel Peace Summit

Clinton will keynote the opening April 23 dinner at The Field Museum. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn, co-chairs of the summit, also will address a crowd of about 700. Read »

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Emanuel: We're Broke. Let's Rent To Own!

If the mayor had ever bought a TV at a Rent-to-Own store, he'd understand what a bad deal his proposed Chicago Infrastructure Trust is. Read »

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel, Clinton Unveil Infrastructure Trust

With promises that it'll allow Chicago to "control its own destiny," Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former President Bill Clinton on Thursday unveiled the Chicago Infrastructure Trust to finance "transformative" renewal... Read »

Friday, Dec 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

When Hitchens Came to Chicago

When Hitchens Came to Chicago

Two boozy, provocative visits from the controversial journalist, who died last night. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel Traveling to Little Rock for Clinton Bash

Emanuel Traveling to Little Rock for Clinton Bash

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be heading to Little Rock this weekend to mark the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's presidential bid announcement. 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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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 .