Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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 »

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."

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"

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."

Getty Images

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"

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?"

AP

Don Wade asking Scott Lee Cohen about his highly organized gubernatorial bid. Read »

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Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

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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?

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Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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