Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Don Babwin

Judge Gives Chicago 6 Months to OK Gun Sales Law

Judge Gives Chicago 6 Months to OK Gun Sales Law

A federal judge on Tuesday approved Chicago's request for a delay of six months to allow the city time to craft a new gun sales ordinance. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Marcus Riley

McCarthy Downplays Weather's Effect on Crime

Police superintendent says stronger methods needed to decrease flow of illegal guns. Read »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Who Needs Assault Weapons, When We Have Hammers?

Opinion: Who Needs Assault Weapons, When We Have Hammers?

Gun rights advocates say that hammers kill more people than assault rifles. Then they insist they need assault rifles to protect themselves. From carpenters? Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Poll: Illinois More Anti-Gun Than Rest of Nation

Poll: Illinois More Anti-Gun Than Rest of Nation

Fifty-nine percent of Illinoisans think controlling gun ownership is more important than the right to own guns. Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Top Cop Says New Gun Laws Don't Equal Gun Control

Top Cop Says New Gun Laws Don't Equal Gun Control

Chicago's top cop once again called for new laws to curb the flow of illegal guns of the city's streets. Supt. Garry McCarthy on Monday displayed 302 guns seized in the first two weeks of the year. McCarthy long... Read »

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Local Gun Control Won't Help Chicago

Opinion: Local Gun Control Won't Help Chicago

Guns in America aren't going away. So we need to find ways to manage conflicts among violent young people who have access to all the weapons they want. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark, Emily Florez

Rahm Wants New Gun Laws in Wake of Shooting

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for current gun laws to change. Read »

Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM

School Shootings Add New Context to Ill. Gun Debate

Gov. Pat Quinn intends to spearhead "strict gun laws." Read »

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Will Illinois Leaders Fight Gun Ruling?

Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Gov. Pat Quinn's aides reviewing court decision. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 7:20 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why There Are No Illegal Guns

Why There Are No Illegal Guns

As long as guns are legal, no law will prevent criminals from using them illegally. 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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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 .