Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: I Remember Harold

Opinion: I Remember Harold

On that day, I just wanted to be near the place where I thought something—anything—might be happening. Read »

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Mayor Washington Influenced Barack Obama

How Mayor Washington Influenced Barack Obama

Harold Washington, who died 25 years ago Sunday, wasn’t Chicago’s greatest mayor, or its most powerful. Those honors go, respectively, to Carter Harrison Sr. and Richard J. Daley. But he was the mayor who played... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How Obama's Re-Election Campaign Is Like Harold Washington's

How Obama's Re-Election Campaign Is Like Harold Washington's

A reporter for WNYC radio looks back 25 for lessons on how President Obama can win a second term. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Chicago Reader's Biggest Story

The Chicago Reader's Biggest Story

As the Chicago Reader faces yet another ownership change, let's remember 1983, when a Reader cover story helped Harold Washington win a close mayoral election. Read »

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 5:25 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Trading Places

Trading Places

Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel are each having the career the other set out to achieve. Read »

Monday, Aug 1, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Are You Having Fun Yet, Mayor Emanuel?

Are You Having Fun Yet, Mayor Emanuel?

Ward Room tries to think of mayors who acted as though they were enjoying the job, and can only come up with one. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Mayor's Race, in Black and White

The Mayor's Race, in Black and White

Danny Davis says Bill Clinton's support of Rahm Emanuel thwarts "the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago's Black community." 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 .