Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM
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By Jeff Goldblatt, BJ Lutz

Chicago Casino Comes With Significant Cost

License for a Chicago-based casino would be owned by the city, and it would be up to the city to finance the project. Read »

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Jeff Goldblatt

Rahm Lobbying Senators for Casino

Mayor Rahm Emanuel still really wants a Chicago casino and said Tuesday he's already begun calling state senators to lobby for it. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 6:55 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Where a Chicago Casino Might Live

Where a Chicago Casino Might Live

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he supports a casino in Chicago, but where would it be built? Read »

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel Asks for Chicago Casino

The state legislature might not be on board. 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 .