Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM
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By Carol Marin and Don Moseley

Clerk's Race Turns Nasty

Incumbent Dorothy Brown is being challenged by Ald. Ricardo Muñoz (22nd) and the barbs are turning nasty. The issue drawing the biggest attention is the office’s efforts to implement electronic filing for... Read »

Monday, Jan 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Dorothy Brown Finally Embraces the 21st Century

Dorothy Brown Finally Embraces the 21st Century

Running for re-election against an opponent who says she's a quill-and-pen fuddy-duddy, the Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court comes out for courtroom cameras and electronic filing. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Brown Challenges Muñoz's Petitions

Brown Challenges Muñoz's Petitions

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown says Ald. Ricardo Muñoz didn't file enough valid signatures -- even though his petitions contain five times the number required. Read »

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Muñoz Will Seek Rahm's Support

Muñoz Will Seek Rahm's Support

The alderman will "court" the mayor for his support, despite endorsing an opponent during the election. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Muñoz to Seek Non-Aldermanic Post Next Year

Muñoz to Seek Non-Aldermanic Post Next Year

Independent alderman plans on challenging incumbent Dorothy Brown for her seat as the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. 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 .