Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

McCain: Don't Count Biden Out of 2016 Presidential Race

Should Hillary Clinton decide to run for president, she'll be the favored Democrat for the nomination, Senators Dick Durbin and John McCain agreed Monday. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner and Sanguinetti in Danger of Echoing McCain and Palin

Rauner and Sanguinetti in Danger of Echoing McCain and Palin

Just like 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner wanted to choose a “superstar” to be his running mate. Read »

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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By Lisa Balde

John McCain Backs Arlington Heights Candidate

John McCain Backs Arlington Heights Candidate

Arizona's Republican senator on Monday endorsed Ron Drake for village president of northwest suburban Arlington Heights. Drake worked with McCain for six years as mayor of Avondale in Arizona, according to a... Read »

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:01 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Mark Kirk in Libya to Greet New Regime

The junior senator from Illinois tags along on the highest profile delegation to visit the rebel controlled country yet. 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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Authors
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 .