Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama's Star-Making DNC Speech, 10 Years Later

Obama's Star-Making DNC Speech, 10 Years Later

Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's star-making keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Things have changed. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are taking different perspectives on how (or how not) to respond to the bloody civil battle ravaging Iraq. Read »

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Conan Makes Rahm Joke at Correspondents' Dinner

Ever wonder if television had a series about some of Washington’s biggest politicians who would play them? Well, Conan O’Brien has your answers, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s character shouldn’t come as a... Read »

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

John Kerry Visits Illinois Parents Of Slain Diplomat

Kerry on Monday flew to O'Hare International Airport, where he met with the parents of 25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff, the River Forest native who was killed last week by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Kerry... Read »

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Making the Senate Seat Less "F***ing Golden": A How-To Guide

If we take away the governor's power to appoint a senator, he'll only be able to sell seats on the Tollway Authority and the pension boards, 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 .