Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Dear Residents, There Are Worse States Than Illinois

Opinion: Dear Residents, There Are Worse States Than Illinois

Between the pension crisis, and the gun violence, and the education controversy, and the general lack of trust in the state government, there's a lot to be unhappy about if you call this place home. Even so,... Read »

Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Pension Critics Seek to Exploit Crisis for Ideology

Opinion: Pension Critics Seek to Exploit Crisis for Ideology

News that Illinois legislative leaders have struck a pension deal has sent those wanting radical restructuring of the state’s pension system into overdrive. 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 .