Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Bobby Rush Plays the Race Card

Bobby Rush Plays the Race Card

Rep. Bobby Rush has some racially-charged words for Sen. Mark Kirk’s proposal to mass-arrest member of the Gangster Disciples street gang Read »

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Davis, Rush: Jackson Didn't 'Dupe' Constituents

Rep. Bobby Rush acknowledged that "the cynic in all of us rises up" in times like these but urged people to let Jackson go through the healing process. Read »

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Phil Rogers

Congressmen: JJJ En Route to Mayo Clinic

Reps. Bobby Rush, Danny Davis spent 90 minutes with Jackson at his DuPont Circle home. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Did Obama Get A "Free Pass" In His First Election?

Did Obama Get A

The Republican National Committee is circulating a clip from a 2000 debate in which Rep. Bobby Rush accuses Obama of getting a "free pass" in his first state senate race, by knocking his predecessor off the... Read »

Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

ATU Local 308 Announces Endorsements

ATU Local 308 Announces Endorsements

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 (ATU Local 308) announced their endorsements Sunday for the 2012 Elections. Read »

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 5:25 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Trading Places

Trading Places

Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel are each having the career the other set out to achieve. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .