Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chicago Sergeants Shoot Down Contract Proposal

Chicago Sergeants Shoot Down Contract Proposal

The Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association voted 876 to 134 against a four-year contract touted by Emanuel that phases in a 9 percent pay increase, maintains eligibility for retiree health care at age 55 and... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

City, Police Sergeants Reach Contract Agreement

City, Police Sergeants Reach Contract Agreement

Four-year contract includes 9 percent pay increase and retiree health care. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Chicago Cops Seize 680 Guns Citywide

With a national focus on Chicago and what many view as an alarming murder rate, officials have repeatedly insisted that for the most part, the city is actually very safe, with isolated but very violent pockets.... Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:45 AM
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By BJ Lutz

"After The Happiest Day of Her Life, She’s Gone"

President Barack Obama has mentioned The Windy City several times when talking about gun control, one of the big priorities of his second term. On Wednesday, the name of a 15-year-old girl shot and killed a day... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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By Christian Farr
      

Back from D.C., McCarthy Talks Guns

He said the meeting with the leaders and other law enforcement officers from around the country was a "wonderful experience" that dealt with "significant issues." Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Emanuel, McCarthy Aim to Change CAPS

“You cannot have a successful community policing strategy, if you do not engage the community,” Emanuel said, announcing that he is shifting the resources of the current CAPS program to individual districts,... Read »

Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Has Fewer Cops Than When Rahm Took Office

Chicago Has Fewer Cops Than When Rahm Took Office

The Chicago Sun-Times, citing its own data analysis, reported Monday that personnel retirements have outpaced the number of sworn officers added to the ranks. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Attorney: Mayor Can End Police Code of Silence

Attorney: Mayor Can End Police Code of Silence

A lawyer for a bartender who won an $850,000 settlement in a landmark civil trial against the city of Chicago said it's now the mayor's responsibility to put an end to a code of silence in the police... Read »

Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Homicides, Shootings Down in October, Police Say

Homicides, Shootings Down in October, Police Say

There were 36 homicides in October 2012, compared to 44 in October 2011, officials said. Shootings were also down, from 238 to 208, they said. Read »

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Cop Tech 'Listens' for Gunshots

Technology being deployed in a couple of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods can identify the sound of gunshots and pinpoint responding officers to their location. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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