Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Blago Defense Asks for Leniency in Sentencing

Prosecutors and Rod Blagojevich's defense team separately made motions Wednesday to the federal judge who will decide the former governor's fate next week. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 7:40 AM
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By Edward McClelland
      

What Blago and Ryan Have In Common

Both were machine politicians and relentless fundraisers. Both loved money for the political power it could purchase. And both ended ruining the lives of their families. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Murderer Registry? How About Life In Prison Instead?

Murderer Registry? How About Life In Prison Instead?
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The Illinois House passed a bill requiring first-degree murderers to register with the state for 10 years after their release? How about just never releasing them? Read »

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM
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By Zach Christman

Trump Gave Rahm Emanuel $50K

Trump Gave Rahm Emanuel $50K

Blog points out Trump's dollars helped get Emanuel elected. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 at 12:48 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why George Ryan Won't Be Home for Christmas

Why George Ryan Won't Be Home for Christmas

The "honest services" statute may be vague, but it definitely covers graft. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Daley Provides Arguments For, Against Death Penalty

Daley Provides Arguments For, Against Death Penalty

Mayor Daley demands the death penalty for a cop killer on the same day a legislative committee votes to ban it. But as state's attorney, he helped put four innocent men on Death Row. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Look in the Mirror, Illinois: Blagojevich Isn't the Problem, We Are

Look in the Mirror, Illinois: Blagojevich Isn't the Problem, We Are

Even if he’s convicted, no one’s going to say, “Wow, Illinois really cleaned up its act.” Read »

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Don't Blame Blagojevich, Blame Yourself

Don't Blame Blagojevich, Blame Yourself
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Could Blago's legacy be that he actually cleaned up Illinois government? Read »

Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM
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By Steve Bryant

Pol Position

Pol Position

February 18: Daley fires Carothers political operative, Dems still popular in Illinois (somehow), Thomson sale stymied, more. 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 .