Ward Room
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Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 8:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Carol Marin & Lisa Balde

Condolences Pour in For Maggie Daley

Condolences continue to pour in after the passing of Chicago's former first lady Maggie Daley, from residents in Daley Plaza to City Hall, even from the White House. "Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Remembering Maggie Daley

A pictorial look back at Chicago's first lady. See Full Gallery »

Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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By Dick Johnson

Maggie Left Chicago a Legacy of Kindness

Maggie Left Chicago a Legacy of Kindness

Former first lady will be remembered as a champion of arts, school and healing. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Daley Cancels Travel Plans to be With Maggie

Daley Cancels Travel Plans to be With Maggie

A week ago, a planned engagement party for the couple's youngest daughter was ultimately turned into the wedding ceremony itself so Chicago's former first lady could fully take part in the festivities. Read »

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 at 10:17 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Youngest Daley Daughter Weds in Mom's Dress

Youngest Daley Daughter Weds in Mom's Dress

Nuptials were moved from original New Year's Eve date to ensure Maggie Daley's attendance. Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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By Al Romero

Daley Fumes over Report about Maggie's Charity

Daley Fumes over Report about Maggie's Charity

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley is blasting a city audit about money donated to his wife's charity. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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By Edward McClelland

After School Matters Loses Its Clout

After School Matters Loses Its Clout

Now that Richard M. Daley is out of office, his wife's favorite charity is investigated by the Inspector General for receiving sweetheart donations from businesses receiving TIF money. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:15 PM
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By Lisa Balde, Jeff Goldblatt

Did Daley Steer Funds to Maggie's Charity?

A report released Tuesday by Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson alleges the city, under Daley, required firms receiving tax increment financing (TIF) subsidies to donate money to certain non-profits... Read »

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10:05 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Daley Leaves City Hall, One Last Time

The Mayor gets set to start the second chapter in his life. Read »

Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 at 11:14 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Maggie Daley Gives Emanuel After School Matters Tour

Mayor-elect said program is a model for the rest of the country. 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.
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