Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:52 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Ex-Congressman Scolds Media After Controversial African Trip

Espionage, sex, malaria, torture, slander and corruption. Former congressman Mel Reynolds covered them all during a session with reporters Wednesday morning in a downtown Chicago hotel. Read »

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM
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By Associated Press

Ex-U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds Deported From Zimbabwe

Lawyers for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds say he was deported to the U.S. after a paying a fine for violating Zimbabwe's immigration laws. Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM
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By Gillian Gotora, The Associated Press

Ex-Rep. Reynolds Ordered Deported from Zimbabwe

Ex-Rep. Reynolds Ordered Deported from Zimbabwe

A Zimbabwean magistrate on Friday dismissed charges against former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds of possessing pornography, and he was ordered to pay a fine or face jail time after pleading guilty to charges of... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:45 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Ex-Congressman Reynolds Arrested in Zimbabwe

The Illinois Democrat served in the U.S. House from 1993 to 1995 but resigned after he was convicted of having sexual relations with an underage campaign worker. Read »

Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Reynolds Wants Votes, But Didn't Vote This Year

Mel Reynolds wants voters in the 2nd Congressional District to cast their ballots for him in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Convicted Former Rep. Reynolds Will Run

Disgraced former Congressman seeks to regain old seat. Read »

Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Illinois Governors Get In Trouble Over Money, Not Sex

While disgraced governors in other states are visiting hookers and mistresses, Illinois governors only lust after money. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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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 .