Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Blago Home Off the Market

Blago Home Off the Market

The 13-room estate in Chicago's Ravenswood Manor neighborhood hit the market last October. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 7:53 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Patti Blagojevich Opens Up to Rosie O'Donnell

Patti Blagojevich's first extensive interview since her husband, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to prison airs Tuesday night on "The Rosie Show." Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Rosie Scores Patti Blagojevich Interview

Rosie Scores Patti Blagojevich Interview

Interview scheduled to run February 29 on OWN. Read »

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Public Official's Wife Warns Patti: The Worst is Ahead

Rosemaria Genova knows what Patti Blagojevich will soon face. Her former husband, once the mayor of Calumet City, was convicted in a public corruption scandal. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Blago Wife, Daughters Plead for Mercy

Blago Wife, Daughters Plead for Mercy

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense team started their day with attempts at logic and ended with testimony aimed to pull at a federal judge's heartstrings. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blago's House For Sale by Patti

With sentencing date postponed, Former Governor Blagojevich sells off $1.07 million Ravenswood Manor home. Read »

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 5:08 PM
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By Rosie Powers

Scenes From the Blagojevich Verdict

The former Illinois governor was found guilty on 17 counts. The jury delivered... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Voice From Above Stops Blago Trial

Voice From Above Stops Blago Trial
Scott Olson, Getty Images

... and Patti walks out before tape of Blago ridiculing her is played. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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By Steve Bryant

Blagojevich Wishes Items Weren't Auctioned

Ex-gov didn't know what was in the storage facility, but he still wants it back. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:17 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Blago: "It's in God's Hands"

The former Governor thanks the jury and turns to his faith. Read »

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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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