Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Jeff Goldblatt

Opponents Pile on Emanuel

Opponents Pile on Emanuel

Candidates try to chip away at front-runner to force a run-off. Read »

Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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By Lisa Balde

10 Things You Don't Know About Chicago's Mayoral Candidates

High school jobs, finger accidents, nicknames and more. See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 9:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Del Valle Is Back On The Air

Del Valle Is Back On The Air
NBCChicago.com

Miguel del Valle's penetrating new ad shows TV viewers the voice he found on the campaign trail, as a champion of the fed-up and downtrodden. Read »

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 11:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

With 8 Days to Go, Candidates Debate

With 8 Days to Go, Candidates Debate

Top four mayoral candidates at times took jabs at one another and other times celebrated each others' commitment to the city. Read »

Friday, Feb 11, 2011 at 9:31 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chico Promises a Run Off

Chico Promises a Run Off

Chico likes his chances. Also, Del Valle plans TV ad. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Del Valle Vows to Fight Parking Meter Lease

The candidate says he won't give up on repealing. Read »

Friday, Jan 28, 2011 at 8:09 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Swings Taken, No Knockout Punches at Mayoral Debate

With the ballot finally settled, candidates argue taxes, police. Read »

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rahm's Opponents Weigh in on Supreme Court Decision

Rahm's Opponents Weigh in on Supreme Court Decision

Trio was quick on the draw after ballot finally set. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 at 1:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Del Valle Needs to Raise Money or Drop Out

Del Valle Needs to Raise Money or Drop Out

Rahm Emanuel has raised 66 times as much money as Miguel del Valle. Unless the city clerk gets serious about fundraising, he'll just be wasting his followers' money and votes. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Miguel del Valle Could Sure Use 25 Bucks

Miguel del Valle Could Sure Use 25 Bucks
NBCChicago.com

He'sattempting an unknown political feat: winning an election by being broke. 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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Authors
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 .