Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark, Christian Farr

Person in Custody for Death of 7-Year-Old

A person of interest is in police custody for the fatal shooting last week of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton in front of her Austin neighborhood home, police said. Read »

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Mayor Outraged by 7-Year-Old's Shooting Death

Mayor bristles when asked about gang strategy, saying shooting death of Heaven Sutton is about values, not crime. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .