Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Council Budget Office A Great Idea That Doesn't Go Far Enough

Opinion: Council Budget Office A Great Idea That Doesn't Go Far Enough

Thankfully, there’s still time for Council to take the steps necessary to make sure the new office can do it’s job effectively for the taxpayers of Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Bike Licensing Fee Idea Poor Policy

Opinion: Bike Licensing Fee Idea Poor Policy

Certainly, the city needs new revenues, and I’m all for smart, sustainable licensing. But this is neither. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Alderman Wants $25 Bike Licensing Fee

Chicago Alderman Wants $25 Bike Licensing Fee

A near South Side alderman is reportedly considering charging bike owners a $25 annual registration fee to help rake in more money for the city. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .