Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Illinois State Rifle Association's Newtown Message Insensitive

Opinion: Illinois State Rifle Association's Newtown Message Insensitive

"Having a child murdered doesn't automatically make one an expert on violent crime," group says in "Special Alert." Read »

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Lincoln Statue

Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Lincoln Statue

At the Abraham Lincoln statue on the state capital lawn, gun owners chant "conceal carry now." 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 .