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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Who We're Covering
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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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 .