Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Mitt Romney Allowed Santorum Into Illinois

Mitt Romney Allowed Santorum Into Illinois

Just days before the primary, it appears that Romney's grasp on the state could be in jeopardy because of his campaign's ineptitude Read »

Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

GOP Chair Compares Madigan to Blago

GOP Chair Compares Madigan to Blago

Pat Brady says House Speaker Michael Madigan "would make Rod Blagojevich blush" for pushing to restore teachers' pensions to lobbyists. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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By Alise Blunk

Politicos React, Skewer Blago

Politicos React, Skewer Blago

"The former Governor will now have plenty of time to consider his performance over these years and quietly assess the consequences of his actions," said Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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By Edward McClelland

"Occupy Madiganville," says GOP

"Occupy Madiganville," says GOP

Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois GOP, thinks the Occupy protestors should picket House Speaker Michael Madigan's office. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

GOP Runs Contest to Guess on Quinn's Next Signing

GOP Runs Contest to Guess on Quinn's Next Signing

Win a TGIFriday's gift card courtesy of the state GOP. Read »

Monday, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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By Carol Marin

Brady: Illinois GOP Leads Nation in Phone Calls

Brady: Illinois GOP Leads Nation in Phone Calls
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Phone banks humming Monday as candidates stump. 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 .