Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Super PAC Targets Jackson Jr. Race: Report

Super PAC Targets Jackson Jr. Race: Report

An anti-incumbent super PAC is aiming at Illinois. The Houston-based Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to try and unseat three Chicago-area members of Congress in the upcoming primaries. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Jesse's Girl Matters in 2012

Why Jesse's Girl Matters in 2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. needs to learn the difference between ethics and morals -- or, in more earthy terms, acting like a weasel and acting like a dog. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Mayor Mum on Jesse Jackson Jr. Endorsement

Will Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorse Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or former Rep. Debbie Halvorson in the second congressional district race? He's not saying. Not now, anyway. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 8:20 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Deadline to Snag Ballot Spots Passes

Deadline to Snag Ballot Spots Passes

The deadline to get on the March 20 primary ballot has come and gone. Paperwork was due 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the State Board of Elections. Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Halvorson to Run Against Jackson

Halvorson to Run Against Jackson

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., still ailing from testimony given during the retrial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, formally will get an opponent this week. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 10:05 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Why Debbie Halvorson Won't Head IDOT

The former congressman wants the job, but Quinn has someone else in mind. 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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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 .