Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Illinois Senate Republican Leader's Daughter Dies

Illinois Senate Republican Leader's Daughter Dies

Lisa Radogno, 31, died from massive pulmonary embolism. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

A prominent conservative leader calls Brady's agreement to lobby for same-sex marriage "an unholy quest." Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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By Associated Press, Sara Burnett

Illinois GOP Didn't Have Votes to Oust Chairman

Illinois GOP Didn't Have Votes to Oust Chairman

The Illinois Republican Party central committee has canceled Saturday's scheduled meeting in which it was to consider firing party chairman Pat Brady. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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By Carol Marin

Illinois GOP Focuses on 'Firing Mike Madigan'

Republicans seek to take over leadership role in Springfield. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

A profile in The Weekly Standard portrays the young Republican as a man of action. 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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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 .