Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM
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By STM Wire

Chicago FOP President Suspended, Called "a Dictator"

Chicago FOP President Suspended, Called

The Illinois FOP has suspended the president of the union representing Chicago Police officers — and prohibited Mike Shields from negotiating with the city — after accusing him of violating his oath and branding... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Union President Claims Past Police Contracts Were Rigged

Union President Claims Past Police Contracts Were Rigged

The president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police says members of his own union, including his immediate predecessor, conspired to rig arbitrations on two previous union contracts. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CPD to Spend $93M in OT This Year

Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy on Thursday said his department is on track to spend $93 million in overtime this year -- nearly triple the amount originally budget -- but put back against an assertion that... Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM
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Chicago Not Collecting Much on Marijuana Tickets

Chicago Not Collecting Much on Marijuana Tickets

Chicago officials say the city has collected only 21 percent of the $310,755 in fines imposed by tickets issued for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde, Mary Ann Ahern

200 Cops to Move From Desks To Streets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving 200 Chicago police officers to the streets after a 15-year-old girl was gunned down Tuesday over what authorities say was a gang turf war. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Crime Commission to City: Hire More Cops

Crime Commission to City: Hire More Cops

Non-profit organization calls on city to increase police manpower by 1,400 officers. 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 .