Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Aldermen Approve Gun Ban in Chicago Restos

A controversial proposal to require all Chicago restaurants and bars to post "gun-free" signs outside their premises will be debated Friday by a city council committee. Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Want a long career in Chicago politics? Don't try to reform it. Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Chicago Is Like A Monarchy

Why Chicago Is Like A Monarchy

After Harold Washington died, Chicagoans decided democracy was too divisive. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: How To Stop Nepotism In Chicago Politics

Opinion: How To Stop Nepotism In Chicago Politics

A few modest proposals for preventing the passage of power from one generation to the next. Read »

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Dick Mell Has Been An Alderman Forever

How does Mell's service compare to the rest of the City Council? More than half the aldermen have joined since 2007. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Supports Expanded Gun Offender Registry

Emanuel Supports Expanded Gun Offender Registry

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he supports an alderman's proposal to expand the city's gun offender registry. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Considers Banning Energy Drinks

Chicago Considers Banning Energy Drinks

Chicago's City Council will hear testimony Tuesday in connection with a proposed blanket ban on energy drinks within city limits. Read »

Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Who's Your (Political) Daddy?

Who's Your (Political) Daddy?

The Illinois politics nepotism roll call. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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By Edward McClelland

You're So Vain, I'll Bet You Think This Post Is About You

You're So Vain, I'll Bet You Think This Post Is About You

Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson plead guilty, as vanity undoes two more politicians. Read »

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Mag's Power 100 Looks A Lot Like Ward Room

Chicago Mag's Power 100 Looks A Lot Like Ward Room

Check out the overlap. 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 .