Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 at 6:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Gov. Quinn To Attend Hadiya Pendleton's Funeral

While rumors continue to swirl about a possible presidential presence at the funeral for 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, one esteemed guest has been confirmed. Read »

Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM
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By Kim Vatis

Obama Called Parents Of Teen Slain In Chicago

Obama Called Parents Of Teen Slain In Chicago

President Barack Obama called the parents of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who was gunned down this week at a South Side park, the family's pastor confirmed. Rev. Courtney Maxwell of Greater Deliverance Temple said... Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Petition Urges Obama To Attend Slain Girl's Funeral

In the wake of a 15-year-old's shooting death in Chicago, a petition was started to urge President Barack Obama to attend the girl's funeral. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde, Mary Ann Ahern

200 Cops to Move From Desks To Streets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving 200 Chicago police officers to the streets after a 15-year-old girl was gunned down Tuesday over what authorities say was a gang turf war. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:45 AM
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By BJ Lutz

"After The Happiest Day of Her Life, She’s Gone"

President Barack Obama has mentioned The Windy City several times when talking about gun control, one of the big priorities of his second term. On Wednesday, the name of a 15-year-old girl shot and killed a day... 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 .