Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Phil Rogers

What Ryan Can Expect in a Halfway House

What Ryan Can Expect in a Halfway House

Former Gov. George Ryan's life in a Chicago halfway house will no doubt be better than the federal prison he's called home for the last five years, but it won't be a walk in the park either. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How Dan Rostenkowski Gave Us Rod Blagojevich

How Dan Rostenkowski Gave Us Rod Blagojevich
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Rosty's downfall in '94 opened the door for a certain well-coiffed striver. 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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Authors
Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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