Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Toni Preckwinkle Dodges Chicago Mayoral Run Question

Toni Preckwinkle Dodges Chicago Mayoral Run Question

Is she or isn't she? With Chicago's mayoral election less than a year away, inquiring minds want to know whether Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will throw her hat in the ring. Read »

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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By Carol Marin

Marin: The Rise & Fall of Blagojevich

Marin: The Rise & Fall of Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich is planning a farewell news conference. On Wednesday, the day before he boards a plane to Colorado to enter federal prison, he’ll meet the press one last time outside his Ravenswood Manor home. Read »

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

"You'll Make State's Supreme Choice"

The race for the Illinois Supreme Court is being lead by "Undecided" followed by candidate Aurelia Pucinski. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Special Prosecutor Requested in Koschman Case

More than seven years after 21-year old David Koschman of Mount Prospect was killed during a fight on Division Street, the MacArthur Justice Center is asking that a Special Prosecutor be named to probe... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 10:05 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Infamous "F***ing Golden" Tape Played

Conversation was with political consultant Doug Scofield. 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 .