Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Now Dem Leaders Want Derrick Smith Out

Now Dem Leaders Want Derrick Smith Out

Secretary of State Jesse White and other party bosses are calling on the embattled state rep to leave the statehouse. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

White Stands Firm on Criticism of Senator

White Stands Firm on Criticism of Senator

Secretary of State Jesse White says he has no intention of apologizing to State Sen. Annazette Collins, whom he once supported, and has thrown his support behind her challenger in the upcoming election, a woman... Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Cops Crack Down on Disability Parking Abuse

"They're stealing from the taxpayers and they're denying individuals who are truly disabled." Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Pope of Driver's Licenses

The Pope of Driver's Licenses

Despite his plans to run for a fifth term when he's 80 years old, Jesse White is a kid compared to other long-serving politicians. Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 11:38 PM
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By Robert Rodriguez

Ads Coming to Illinois License Plates?

Ads Coming to Illinois License Plates?

Study will analyze the cost of implementing the program and measure the general public interest. 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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Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .