Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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.

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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