Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Karen Lewis Lays Groundwork for Possible Mayoral Run

CTU president says she's filed financial paperwork, plans to circulate petitions, but hasn't made an official decision. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Mayor, Council Still Owe Answer On Mental Health Clinic Closures

Opinion: Mayor, Council Still Owe Answer On Mental Health Clinic Closures

First, the good news: there’s going to be a hearing. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By Erin Carlson

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

Now that CPS closed all those schools, what's the district going to do with the extra space? Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel "Less Safe": Poll

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel "Less Safe": Poll

A Chicago Tribune poll reveals that Illinois' new concealed carry law, introduced in January, makes a majority of Chicagoans feel unsafe. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

When your approval rating starts off a campaign at 35 percent or lower, you have to be seen by at least some voters and political observers as the underdog. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Rides to State Fair on Harley

After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent. He repeated a vow, made following his primary victory, to sweep Gov. Pat Quinn into... Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

He addressed reporters Thursday at a Chicago pipe and conduit manufacturer calling it a "momentous" day. Officials say unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. That's a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago and... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Attends Little League Watch Party

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among supporters attending the city watch party to cheer on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars at the Little League World Series. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Anti-Rauner PAC Releases 'Chief Executive Outsourcer' Video

Anti-Rauner PAC Releases 'Chief Executive Outsourcer' Video

A new video released Thursday by Illinois Freedom PAC, the union-backed group protesting Bruce Rauner's bid for governor, paints the Republican venture capitalist as a "Chief Executive Outsourcer." Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM
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By Marcus Riley

State Police Join CPD Unit in Month-Long Trial

Up to 40 Illinois State troopers were dispatched to Chicago on Thursday in a 30-day trial to help the city's police department combat street violence. 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 .