Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance

Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance

It's the end of an era. After a reign stretching back decades, the Cullerton clan -- one of Chicago's oldest and most powerful political families -- has loosened its grip on the 38th Ward. On Wednesday, Ald.... Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Mayor: City Employees Must Use CTA

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hasn't been quiet about his use of public transit, and he wants city employees to get comfortable using it too. Read »

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

When Rahm's Temper Made a Comeback

The Mayor didn't appreciate this reporter's question about school choices all that much, and he let me know. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM
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By Courtney Cox

Jean-Claude Brizard

Jean-Claude Brizard

Profile of the new Chicago Public Schools CEO. Read »

Friday, Jun 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Brizard Jumps Into Budget Mess

Cuts to school budgets seem to be made without rhyme or reason, official says. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

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

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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 .