Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

"Brady requested the meeting. It's not like he's going to vote for him."

"Brady requested the meeting. It's not like he's going to vote for him."

Mayor Daley's press secretary on the Mayor's first-ever meeting with State Sen. Bill Brady. Read »

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 2:10 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

"Too bad Scott Lee Cohen's not here, I think we just found his running mate"

"Too bad Scott Lee Cohen's not here, I think we just found his running mate"

Ald. Ed Burke responding to a nonsensical rant in City Council. Read »

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

"He has to run against Pat Quinn"

Gov. Pat Quinn ain't skerred by Scott Lee Cohen. Read »

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

"No One Here Is Trying to 'Muscle' Him From the Race."

"No One Here Is Trying to 'Muscle' Him From the Race."
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David Axelrod on Alexi Giannoulias candidacy. Read »

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

"I call them trophy seats"

"I call them trophy seats"

Sen. John Cornyn on how winning three specific Senate seats (including Obama's former keister couch) would signal a GOP resurgence. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 9:44 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

"You have a web site up don't you? Oh, it's not up yet?"

"You have a web site up don't you? Oh, it's not up yet?"
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Don Wade asking Scott Lee Cohen about his highly organized gubernatorial bid. Read »

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

"We've raised more in the first quarter than the party did all last year"

"We've raised more in the first quarter than the party did all last year"

How excited is Bill Brady for the Illinois GOP dinner tonight? THAT excited. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn: "I Thought the World Was Enough for Him"

Quinn: "I Thought the World Was Enough for Him"
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Is the Governor surprised Rahm wants Daley's job, or concerned? Read »

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

"I was planning on talking about what happened ... and what the future holds"

"I was planning on talking about what happened ... and what the future holds"
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Scott Lee Cohen calls us to explain his no-show act. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

"We were one of top five Democrats in the country"

Giannoulias non-defends his poor fundraising performance. 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 .