Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is borrowing $21 million-plus to pay for a dormant swath of land earmarked by former boss Richard M. Daley as extra space to host Olympics facilities, the Trib reports. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Report: Emanuel Could Get Stuck With Daley's $200 Million Bill

Report: Emanuel Could Get Stuck With Daley's $200 Million Bill

As if Chicago weren't up-to-here in debt, another financial headache has surfaced that could make things a whole lot worse: the Sun-Times reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel may soon have to deal with a $200 million... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Emanuel Gets PR Boost For Efforts to De-Clout City Hall

Opinion: Emanuel Gets PR Boost For Efforts to De-Clout City Hall

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel scored a big political win on Monday when a federal judge removed City Hall from close, court-mandated scrutiny of improper patronage hiring, a time-honored tradition during the Daley... Read »

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Daley-Connected Developer Vies for Lucrative Contract Despite Owing $2.5 Million in Taxes

Opinion: Daley-Connected Developer Vies for Lucrative Contract Despite Owing $2.5 Million in Taxes

Another day, another shady development deal: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that developer Jack Higgins -- a friend of former Mayor Richard M. Daley -- has continued his bid to take over nine acres of prime West... Read »

Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Report: Daley Denies Knowlege of Police Torture

Report: Daley Denies Knowlege of Police Torture

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley continues to keep his lawyers busy in the ongoing legal battle over allegations of police torture. 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 .