Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel Proposes City Curfew Change

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants 17-year-olds to be included in the city’s curfew law. Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Council Campaign Against Oversight Goes Far Beyond IG Khan

Opinion: Council Campaign Against Oversight Goes Far Beyond IG Khan

A lot of sitting alderman in the Chicago City Council really do not like Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade

City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade

Tensions between Chicago aldermen and Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan boiled over on Wednesday as City Council passed an ordinance designed to block Khan's actions to gain authority to investigate... Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:32 AM
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By Rob Elgas

Aldermen OK Phone Tax Hike

Phone surcharge will increase from $2.50 a month to $3.90. Read »

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: City Council Once Again Trying to Pull Wool Over Its Own Eyes

Opinion: City Council Once Again Trying to Pull Wool Over Its Own Eyes

The fact that Shiller is frontrunner for Office of Financial Analysis is, well, everything you need to know about how the City Council really operates. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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By BJ Lutz

City Council Allows Gun Shops, With Restrictions

Chicago aldermen on Wednesday unanimously passed what Mayor Rahm Emanuel said is a "tough, smart and enforceable" ordinance that allows gun shops within city limits but regulates where they can exist and... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By Associated Press

City Council Honors Slain Teacher Betty Howard

City Council Honors Slain Teacher Betty Howard

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the teacher's father and other family members that she lived "a life worth living" and thanked them for sharing her with the city. They mayor gave her relatives a copy of a city... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Council to Take Up Guns, Head Shops

City Council to Take Up Guns, Head Shops

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and is streamed live on the website of the Chicago City Council. Read »

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

City Council Passes New Rideshare Regulations

By the end of August, rideshare companies that operate in the city of Chicago will need to make sure their drivers have chauffeur licenses and are insured under a measure passed by aldermen Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Aldermen Add $500 Fine for "Upskirting"

Aldermen Add $500 Fine for "Upskirting"

Ald. Ed Burke is the chair of the City Council's Finance Committee and said last week the fine was needed because "there are a lot of weirdos roaming around." 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 .