Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Politicians React to End of Shutdown

Naturally, this split is along party lines. Only one in the Illinois delegation voted no to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Shutdown Roundup: 5 Best Reads on What Just Happened

Shutdown Roundup: 5 Best Reads on What Just Happened

Here are five of the best reads from a spin around the internet about the government shutdown, Republican intransigence and where we are today. Read »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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By Kim Vatis

Furloughed Chicago Couple Feel Like 'Political Pawns'

30-year EPA veterans forced to stay at home. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Lauren Jiggetts

WWII Vets Return Home to Heroes' Welcome

After surviving World War II, a little partisan political bickering is hardly a hurdle for a group of Illinois veterans. Read »

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Confident Federal Shutdown Will Be Averted

Still, Illinois must be prepared for it, he said. 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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Authors
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 .