Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November. Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Candidates Cause Consternation For GOP in Schakowsky Race

Sooner or later someone somewhere carrying a party banner is likely to say something essentially indefensible. Read »

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

A number of prominent members of the Illinois Congressional delegation and a Chicago alderman are headed to Washington, D.C. to attend President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 6:16 AM
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By associated press

Gutiérrez, Schakowsky Arrested at Immigration Rally

Lawmakers taken into custody while protesting lack of action on immigration reform. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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By Emily Florez and Alexandria Fisher

Officials: Chicago Area Won't Feel Short-Term Shutdown

The Chicago area may not feel the effects of a short-term federal government shutdown, but if the bitter battle lasts a few weeks, many will be forced to take notice, officials said. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM
Rep. Schakowsky Unsure On Syria Vote

Rep. Schakowsky Unsure On Syria Vote

Rep. Jan Schakowsky needs more answers before she can commit to a strike on Syria. Watch »

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Durbin, Kirk Support Syrian Action, Schakowsky Unsure

Schakowsky wants more information about the scope and the duration of an attack. Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Lawmaker Supports Striking McDonald's Workers

Illinois Lawmaker Supports Striking McDonald's Workers

Rep. Jan Schakowsky shows up to support "Fight For 15," a movement to pay fast-food workers $15 an hour. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Jan Schakowsky Endorses Robin Kelly

Jan Schakowsky Endorses Robin Kelly

Kelly adds Schakowsky's endorsement to those of Rep. Danny Davis and Rep. Bobby Rush. 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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