Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 10:16 AM
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By Edward McClelland
Why Emanuel Really Is Shafting Teachers

Why Emanuel Really Is Shafting Teachers

Hint: It's all about triangulation. Read »

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 2:44 PM
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By Edward McClelland

What Kind of Democrat is Rahm Emanuel?

What Kind of Democrat is Rahm Emanuel?

Ward Room took the Pew Center's "Beyond Red and Blue" quiz on Emanuel's behalf. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 at 6:27 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Clinton Boosts Rahm

The former president says Emanuel was the 'reason I was elected.' Read »

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 at 9:24 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Clinton in Chicago Today

Clinton in Chicago Today

The former president attends Emanuel's rally this morning. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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By Marcus Riley

PHOTOS: Clinton Rallies Chicago Democrats

The former president attempts to give local candidates a boost. See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010 at 8:47 AM
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By Ivanna Hampton

Clinton, Obama Rallying Voters in Chicago

Clinton, Obama Rallying Voters in Chicago

Former pres Clinton here today. Obama on Saturday. Read »

Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Bill Clinton's Tuesday Rally Open to the Public

Bill Clinton's Tuesday Rally Open to the Public

Former president will appear with Gov. Pat Quinn and Alexi Giannoulias. 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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Authors
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 .