Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Crime Drops During Bears Games, Study Shows

Chicago Crime Drops During Bears Games, Study Shows

Chicagoans love their sports so much the city’s crime rates, which continue to garner national attention, apparently drop during sporting events. Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Task Force Recommends Site for George Lucas Museum

A task force charged by Mayor Rahm Emanuel with finding a potential location for a George Lucas museum has recommended parking lots just south of Soldier Field. Read »

Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Associated Press

Rahm: If Kids Read 2 Million Books, I'll Jump In the Lake

Rahm: If Kids Read 2 Million Books, I'll Jump In the Lake

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Bears' Israel Idonije say they'll take the Polar Bear Plunge this winter if Chicago schoolchildren read 2 million books. Read »

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 at 6:53 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Daley: Chicago Should Have Second NFL Team

Former mayor says city should build a second, bigger stadium. Read »

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Motorcyclists Can Now Show Team Spirit

Motorcyclists Can Now Show Team Spirit

New law allows selected pro sports team logos on license plates Read »

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Emanuel Makes Conan a Chicago "Citizen"

Emanuel Makes Conan a Chicago "Citizen"

Mayor Rahm Emanuel may not have successfully brought the Super Bowl to Chicago, but he let Conan O’Brien waltz in with his Super Bowl Shuffle. Emanuel appeared Monday on "Conan," being filmed this week in... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 at 6:56 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Walsh Changes Decision Day to Thursday

Walsh Changes Decision Day to Thursday

Walsh told constituents over the weekend that Monday was decision day, but a peep wasn't heard from the outspoken freshman Republican or his campaign office. Tuesday night he broke his silence with a statement.... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 at 8:22 PM
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By Robert Rodriguez

Quinn Settles Bet, Visits Food Pantry in Packers Jersey

Quinn Settles Bet, Visits Food Pantry in Packers Jersey

Gov. Pat Quinn makes good with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a bet over January's NFC Championship between the Bears and Packers. Read »

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

No Super Bowl for Daley

No Super Bowl for Daley

Harold Washington remains the only Chicago mayor with a Super Bowl ring. 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 .