Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Unveils Locations for 12 New Speed Cameras

Chicago Unveils Locations for 12 New Speed Cameras

In the next few months, Chicago will have 12 more speed cameras near parks and schools. Read »

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

City Hires More Crews to Fix Chicago's Pothole Problem

City Hires More Crews to Fix Chicago's Pothole Problem

The city is taking a few extra measures to make sure it fixes Chicago's pothole problem. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 6:14 AM
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Chicago Bike-Sharing System to be Biggest in U.S.

Chicago Bike-Sharing System to be Biggest in U.S.

The city of Chicago says its bicycle-sharing program is poised to become the biggest in North America next year thanks to a $3 million federal grant that will allow it to expand. Read »

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

City Gives Green Light for New Red Light Camera Vendor

City Gives Green Light for New Red Light Camera Vendor

Chicago has given the green light to a new red light camera vendor. The Chicago Department of Transportation has officially appointed Xerox to take over the enforcement of their red light cameras, officials... Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By David Wolinsky

A City Hall PR Flak Wrote the Best Press Release About Potholes ... Ever

A City Hall PR Flak Wrote the Best Press Release About Potholes ...  Ever

You might think working for city government is a thankless, dull job. But as a press release circulated early Friday about potholes illustrates: Working for city government is a non-stop joyriding blast. 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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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 .