Ward Room
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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: City Council “Clout Meter” Misguided at Best

Opinion: City Council “Clout Meter” Misguided at Best

In Chicago’s City Council, is Deb Mell really more powerful than, say, Ameya Pawar? Read »

Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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By Edward McClelland

What Is Clout?

What Is Clout?

As gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is accused of clouting his daughter into an exclusive high school, Ward Room examines the origins of a classic Chicago term. 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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