Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 9:45 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Chico to Daley: Don't Kindle a Fire Over 'Judas' Flap

Mayoral candidate says Daley should "bring a measured response." Read »

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Daley: Wall Street Judas Comment a "Disgrace"

Daley: Wall Street Judas Comment a

Mayor calls on Gery Chico to strongly condemn comment made during introduction at Tuesday fundraiser. Read »

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why the Aldermen Want to Reclaim Power

Why the Aldermen Want to Reclaim Power

Chicago's City Charter grants most of the powers of government -- including all the spending powers -- to the City Council. Will the next class of aldermen stand up for their rights? Read »

Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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By Lisa Balde

10 Things You Don't Know About Chicago's Mayoral Candidates

High school jobs, finger accidents, nicknames and more. See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 7:31 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Was Rahm Slurred?

Was Rahm Slurred?

Union Leader's endorsement speech causes stir. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:10 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Emanuel and Chico Duke It Out In Espanol

Emanuel and Chico Duke It Out In Espanol

Rahm Emanuel's campaign records a Spanish-language robo-call highlighting Gery Chico's endorsement by the Chicago Tea Party. Chico responds with an ad from Rep. Luis Gutierrez. Read »

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 11:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

With 8 Days to Go, Candidates Debate

With 8 Days to Go, Candidates Debate

Top four mayoral candidates at times took jabs at one another and other times celebrated each others' commitment to the city. Read »

Friday, Feb 11, 2011 at 9:31 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chico Promises a Run Off

Chico Promises a Run Off

Chico likes his chances. Also, Del Valle plans TV ad. Read »

Thursday, Feb 10, 2011 at 6:33 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Lisa Balde

Mayor's Race Goes To the Dogs

Chico challenges the 'Rahm Tax' at a pet grooming salon. Read »

Monday, Feb 7, 2011 at 10:16 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Chico, Emanuel Score Big Endorsements

Chico gets labor, Emanuel draws the stars. 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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