Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 4:58 AM
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By Associated Press

Aldermen Propose Ban on Styrofoam Food Containers

Aldermen Propose Ban on Styrofoam Food Containers

Two Chicago aldermen want to force coffee shops, restaurants, schools and other frequent users of Styrofoam and other polystyrene food containers to stop using them. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM
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By Phil Rogers & BJ Lutz

Committee Approves $22.5M in Alleged Misconduct Case

Chicago's City Council Finance Committee has approved a multi-million dollar settlement that would avoid a trial in a 2006 case alleging police misconduct. Christina Eilman was dropped off by Chicago police... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Del Valle Camp Claims Voter Intimidation

Volunteers, voters being watched, threatened with arrest in 14th Ward: Del Valle spokesman. Read »

Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Ward Room's Old Faces

Ward Room's Old Faces

Ward Room's new faces are actually the oldest faces in Illinois politics -- Ed Burke and Mike Madigan, proof that the more things change, the more power old Irishmen have. 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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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 .