Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Hecklers Bash Rahm at U of C Panel

"Mic Check ... Rahm Emanuel ..." they chanted as they disrupted the event. Read »

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 at 10:53 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Axelrod: Emanuel a Worthy Successor to Daley

Former White House senior adviser David Axelrod sat down to live interview at City Club of Chicago on Thursday. Read »

Friday, Feb 11, 2011 at 11:26 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Andrew Greiner

Does Oprah Support Rahm?

The queen of talks hints at her favorite in the race to lead Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Axelrod Leaving the White House

Axelrod Leaving the White House
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Obama's message guru is leaving the West Wing to start the reelection bid. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 7, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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By Steve Bryant, Mary Ann Ahern

Axelrod: I Heard Absolute Comfort, But Not Without Sadness

Axelrod: I Heard Absolute Comfort, But Not Without Sadness
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Adds: Obama appreciates how these jobs become your life. 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 .