Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How Mitt Romney Can Beat Obama in Illinois

How Mitt Romney Can Beat Obama in Illinois

John Curry, 32nd Ward Republican Committeeman, and candidate for chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, talks about his party's plans for the fall election. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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By Don Moseley

Mitt Romney Files First in Illinois

Mitt Romney Files First in Illinois

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney became the first candidate to file for election in Illinois.That also makes him the first to challenge incumbent president Barack Obama in his home state. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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By Alise Blunk

Politicos React, Skewer Blago

Politicos React, Skewer Blago

"The former Governor will now have plenty of time to consider his performance over these years and quietly assess the consequences of his actions," said Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read »

Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 5:48 PM
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By Shardaa Gray

Quinn's Redistricting Map Likely to See GOP Challenge

Quinn's Redistricting Map Likely to See GOP Challenge

Illinois governor signed bill into law on Friday. Read »

Monday, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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By Carol Marin

Brady: Illinois GOP Leads Nation in Phone Calls

Brady: Illinois GOP Leads Nation in Phone Calls
Getty Images

Phone banks humming Monday as candidates stump. Read »

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Hot and Bothered: How to Alienate Attractive Conservative Women in Chicago

Hot and Bothered: How to Alienate Attractive Conservative Women in Chicago
NBC

The Illinois GOP: They don't know how to govern or hit on women. Discuss. 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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Authors
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 .