Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

LaHood Confirms: Rahm's a Foul Mouth Crank

LaHood Confirms: Rahm's a Foul Mouth Crank

LaHood tells Politico.com that he told the former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel “go to hell” about once a week. "When he told me to ... , I would tell him to go to hell" LaHood said during a panel... Read »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM
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By LeeAnn Trotter, BJ Lutz

City Gets $100M Loan to Finance Riverwalk Project

Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls the plan to develop six blocks of the riverfront, from State Street west to the three river branches, the city's "next recreational frontier." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 8:42 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Quinn Signs Transportation Funding Legislation

Quinn Signs Transportation Funding Legislation

Transportation infrastructure needs to be adequate for Illinois' location in the middle of the U.S., Quinn said. Read »

Monday, Nov 15, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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By Phil Rogers

LaHood Telegraphs Mayoral Endorsement

"If it is who we think it's going to be, we won't have to deliver a message," the Transportation Secretary 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 .