Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jan 9, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley
      

Federal Probe Requested into Project Shield

It was supposed to make us all safe, but in the end Project Shield resembled more of a disaster. Now, an Inspector General's report reveals the scope of the waste. Read »

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 at 8:26 PM
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By Don Moseley
      

Preckwinkle Kills Project Shield

Troubled police surveillance program was beset by hints of misused funds. Read »

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Preckwinkle Names New Homeland Security Chief

Preckwinkle Names New Homeland Security Chief

Michael Masters most-recently served as Chief of Staff to former police Supt. Jody Weis. Read »

Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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By Carol Marin and Don Moseley
      

County, Feds Reviewing Project Shield

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle calls it a "troublesome issue" from her predecessor. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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By Carol Marin and Don Moseley
      

Feds Investigating County's 'Project Shield'

FBI, Homeland Security looking into how $50 million was spent. Read »

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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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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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