Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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By Lisa Balde

City Removing 2 Workers from After School Matters

City Removing 2 Workers from After School Matters

Two city employees working for After School Matters will be removed from the Maggie Daley-founded charity in early 2012, according to a city statement. Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Politics in TV and Movies

Chicago Politics in TV and Movies

With Kelsey Grammer's new series, "Boss," about to premiere, Ward Room looks at other movies and TV shows that portrayed our city's politics. 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, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

"Boss" Has Great Drama, Bad Politics

"Boss," in which Kelsey Grammer plays a sinister mayor of Chicago, is successful in rebranding the "Frasier" star as a dramatic actor. But the writers don't understand politics. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Chicago Can Get The Olympics

How Chicago Can Get The Olympics

We need to prove we can host an international athletic competition. So let's bid for the World Track and Field Championships. Read »

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

How Illinois Soaks the Poor

How Illinois Soaks the Poor

As good jobs disappear, and government becomes more desperate for money, it's turning to regressive fees and taxes. Read »

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

Pension Reform: Keep Daley's Nephew Away From Funds

Pension Reform: Keep Daley's Nephew Away From Funds
Sun-Times

Instead of cutting government benefits, Mayor Rahm Emanuel should concentrate on keeping sleazy political insiders away from pension funds. Read »

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

Chicago 2024?

Chicago 2024?

The U.S. Olympic Committee won't be submitting a bid for the 2020 Games. Wait 'til next Olympiad? Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Blaming Daley

Blaming Daley
NBCChicago.com

Another Rahm Emanuel puff piece in The Economist blames Mayor Richard M. Daley and the public-employee unions for Chicago's financial problems. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 1:53 PM
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By Edward McClelland

A Monument To Police Torture?

A Monument To Police Torture?

The Chicago Police Torture Justice Memorial Project is looking for a lasting remembrance of the most shameful incident in Mayor Daley's career. 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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