Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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By Steve Bryant

"If Jan could show me she had ancestors who came over on a slave ship, she would be fine!"

That's Rod Blagojevich, explaining why he needed to appoint an African-American to the Senate. Read »

Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

“He was never, ever considered a teacher,”

New York Times follows up on teaching story, and it's bad news for Kirk. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

"I Could Beat the President Running for Governor in Illinois Today"

"I Could Beat the President Running for Governor in Illinois Today"

Bill Brady sums up the state of Illinois Democrats. Read »

Sunday, Jun 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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By Steve Bryant

Daley: I Do the Threatening 'Round These Parts

Keep it civil, Mayor says. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Daley to Feds: "Go Swim in the Potomac"

The Mayor's fed up with federal intrusion into Chicago's waterways. Read »

Monday, May 24, 2010 at 6:15 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

"The bill has not yet arrived on the Governor’s desk"

That's Gov. Quinn's press secretary on the McPier bill. Read »

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

'Maybe it will shock you into writing about the gun manufacturers'

That's Mayor Daley not apologizing for his "gun up your butt" comment. Read »

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

"I like to study ... We've met with stakeholders ... We'll have an answer on that pretty soon."

That's Gov. Quinn on McPier. Read »

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 2:33 PM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

'Maybe One of Them Will Have an Incident and They'll Change Their Mind Overnight'

Daley talks about the expected Supreme Court decision on Chicago's handgun ban. Read »

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 4:15 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

"I think Scott should have stayed where he won"

The Rev. Sen. James Meeks, on Scott Lee Cohen's candidacy. 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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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 .