Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Kim Vatis

Class Should Resume During Talks: Rahm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ready to "finish it" already. As Chicago teachers picketed for the third day Wednesday, Emanuel said there's no reason students can't return to classrooms while the teachers union and... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 at 10:27 PM
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By Jeff Goldblatt

Subdued Emanuel Mourns Kids Lost to Violence

Whenever a Chicago child becomes a victim of gun violence in the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes a phone call. Read »

Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Why Father Pfleger Could Be Leaving St. Sabina

Why Father Pfleger Could Be Leaving St. Sabina
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Sources tell Ward Room Cardinal Francis George offered Pfleger a spot at Leo High School. 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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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 .