Ward Room
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Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Emanuel Unveils Plans For New Chicago Festival

Emanuel Unveils Plans For New Chicago Festival

There's a new festival in town, Chicago, and it pulls from the city's fiery roots. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday a plan to create a new city fest with Redmoon Theater called The Great Chicago Fire... Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Underwater Trash Collector Hits Chicago

Environmental group unveils remote control trash collector. Read »

Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Chicago Unveils Riverwalk Expansion Plans

“The Chicago River is our second shoreline," Emanuel said in a statement. "“It is now time to celebrate this incredible waterway with the completion of the entire riverwalk project, from Lake Michigan to the... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 1:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Cleaning Up the Chicago River

Cleaning Up the Chicago River

The Economist reports on a $250 million plan to clean up the river, which will make Chicago the last major city in America to treat its sewage. Read »

Monday, Sep 19, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel Targets Chicago River for Change

Emanuel Targets Chicago River for Change
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"I want to make the river our next recreational frontier," Emanuel said. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Great Lakes States Sue to Cut Lake Michigan-Mississippi Link

Great Lakes States Sue to Cut  Lake Michigan-Mississippi Link

Our Great Lakes neighbors say the canals connecting the Great Lakes and the Mississippi are waterways for invasive species. But if Attorney General Lisa Madigan allows them to get their way, will they also be... Read »

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Response to River Request Is No Daley-ism

Response to River Request Is No Daley-ism

An official brushed off the EPA's order to clean the Chicago and Calumet rivers, but it was nothing like a past Daley response to a similar request. Read »

Friday, Jun 4, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Officials Should Consider Re-Reversing the Chicago River

Why Officials Should Consider Re-Reversing the Chicago River
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Returning the Chicago River to its natural course is the best way to clean it. 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 .