Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Daley Announces Educational, Business Deals with China

Mayor named co-chair of president's "100,000 Strong" educational program. Read »

Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Daley Heading to China Next Week

Daley Heading to China Next Week

Outgoing mayor continuing quest to attract Chinese business, lay groundwork for smooth transition to next administration. Read »

Friday, Jan 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Daley and Hu Get Along So Well

Why Daley and Hu Get Along So Well

From cronyism to autocratic rule to paunchy, venerated leaders who died in 1976, the similarities are astounding! Read »

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Chinese President to Visit Chicago

Chinese President to Visit Chicago

Hu Jintao will be in town for two days next week. 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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