Ward Room
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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rahm Hangs a ‘For Sale’ Sign on Chicago City Council

Opinion: Rahm Hangs a ‘For Sale’ Sign on Chicago City Council

How much money would it take to buy the Chicago City Council? Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

If you thought last week was bad, the gloves are off between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner as they lob toxic verbal grenades back and forth with the latter treading carefully not to step in... Read »

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 »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Potential Wave of Progressive Aldermanic Candidates Seen for 2015

Potential Wave of Progressive Aldermanic Candidates Seen for 2015

Call it Anti-Rahm Fever or the beginnings of a true progressive movement in City Council. Either way, it appears more progressive aldermanic challengers are announcing their candidacy earlier in the 2015... Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Former State Senator Hendon Handicaps 2015 Black Aldermanic Races

Former State Senator Hendon Handicaps 2015 Black Aldermanic Races

As a former Chicago alderman and Illinois State Senator, Rickey Hendon knows a thing or two about politics. 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 5:13 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Latest Council Move on Campaign Finance a Disgrace

Opinion: Latest Council Move on Campaign Finance a Disgrace

The City Council is sending a very clear message when it comes to investigating campaign finance violations: How dare anyone try and find out what we’re doing behind the scenes? 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 »

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Who We're Covering
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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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 .