Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Lisa Madigan Says Choose Chicago Has Right to Remain Silent

Lisa Madigan Says Choose Chicago Has Right to Remain Silent

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Choose Chicago -- the city's tourism arm -- retains the right not to disclose how it spends government money. Read »

Monday, Dec 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Promotes Chicago in China

Emanuel Promotes Chicago in China

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday wrapped up a two-day business trip in China to promote trade and tourism. Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Tourism Reaches Record Numbers

Chicago Tourism Reaches Record Numbers

Chicago tourism has reached record-breaking numbers. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Rahm Appoints Desiree Rogers to Choose Chicago Board

Rahm Appoints Desiree Rogers to Choose Chicago Board

Rogers, Rahm previously worked together in Obama White House. Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

City Pumps $5 Million Into Choose Chicago

City Pumps $5 Million Into Choose Chicago

Mayor, Aviation Department seek to promote city's airports. Read »

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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By Lindsay Smith

Tourism Chief Takes a Shot at Crime Stats

Tourism Chief Takes a Shot at Crime Stats

The President and CEO of non-profit tourism agency Choose Chicago, Don Welsh, told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday that the crime eruption could damage the city's efforts to renew its tourism industries after... Read »

Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Launches Official Tourism Agency

Chicago Launches Official Tourism Agency

Chicago is choosing Choose Chicago. The newly branded tourism agency, designed to condense Chicago’s tourism into a single entity, declared official status Friday boasting a new organizational structure,... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .