Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Jon Stewart Weighs in on Emanuel-Trump Sign Fight

Jon Stewart Weighs in on Emanuel-Trump Sign Fight

Wading into the controversy over Donald Trump's new sign in Chicago, Jon Stewart joked the city should have known it was in for. Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Who Should Be Chicago Mayor: Rahm Emanuel or Donald Trump?

Who Should Be Chicago Mayor: Rahm Emanuel or Donald Trump?

We all know the answer to that question, but it felt appropriate to post a headline only slightly less ridiculous than The Donald. Here's a better one: Is Donald Trump the best thing to ever happen to Rahm... Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Rahm Emanuel Sends Jon Stewart Dead Fish Pizza

Rahm Emanuel Sends Jon Stewart Dead Fish Pizza

Mayor Rahm Emanuel issues a classic comeback to Jon Stewart after talk show host's diatribe against Chicago deep dish pizza, but Stewart may still have the last laugh. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Opinion: Jon Stewart Kicks Us When We're Down

Opinion: Jon Stewart Kicks Us When We're Down

We're the second city. Winter here really stinks. Our football team clings to a championship it won nearly 30 years ago. Our politicians are corrupt. But there are a couple things that make us proud. Tall... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 7:45 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Daily Show Rips Rahm's Chick-fil-A Stance

Daily Show Rips Rahm's Chick-fil-A Stance

Jon Stewart chimed into the Chick-fil-A controversy on Monday's episode of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show ," ripping into Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in the process. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 3:43 PM
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By Hannah Chanpong

Late Night Hosts Laugh at Rahm

Late Night Hosts Laugh at Rahm

Jon Stewart and Jay Leno weigh in on Emanuel's residency case. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010 at 6:24 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blago's the Joke on Jon Stewart's Daily Show

Fake newsman grills former gov on not-so-vindicating tape, lack of defense. 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 .