Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Obama's Sugar Mama

Obama's Sugar Mama

Why Penny Pritzker, Obama's 2008 finance chair, is less enthusiastic about the president this year. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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By Courtney Cox

Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker

Profile of the Chicago Board of Education member. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 8:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Money Changes Everything

Money Changes Everything

Emanuel's school board choices reflect his belief that money can solve any problem. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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Authors
Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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