Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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 »

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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By Edward McClelland

A 2020 Olympic Bid For Chicago?

A 2020 Olympic Bid For Chicago?
Getty Images

The U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee are finally getting along. But that doesn't solve the problems that sank Chicago's Olympic bid. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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By Sandra Torres

White Sox to Honor Mayor Daley

White Sox to Honor Mayor Daley
Getty Images

The White Sox will host a "Mayor Daley Night" to honor Chicago's former mayor. 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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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