Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Open Up The Primaries

Opinion: Open Up The Primaries

Allowing voters to choose candidates from both parties would lead to more middle-of-the-road politicians. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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By Katy Wolpoff

Barbara Ruth Bellar

Barbara Ruth Bellar

Barbara Ruth Bellar is running for the state Senate seat in the 18th District. Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer is running for the Republican Party Candidate for the 12th Congressional District. Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Hector Luis Concepcion

Hector Luis Concepcion

Hector Luis Concepcion is the Republican Party Candidate for the 4th Congressional District of Illinois Read »

Friday, Sep 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why It Doesn't Matter If Barack Obama Is Jimmy Carter

Why It Doesn't Matter If Barack Obama Is Jimmy Carter

Ever since Obama entered office, Republicans have been trying to portray him as the second coming of Jimmy Carter. They even printed up “Welcome Back, Carter” t-shirts with his face on them. And it’s true... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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By Carol Marin

Illinois GOP Focuses on 'Firing Mike Madigan'

Republicans seek to take over leadership role in Springfield. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Among Least Republican States

Illinois Among Least Republican States

Only 35.8 percent of voters identify with the GOP, according to Gallup. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Carol Marin

Kirk Sends Video Greeting to RNC

Though Sen. Mark Kirk wasn't able to attend the Republican National Convention this year as he recovers from a stroke, he sent along his hellos Tuesday in a video greeting. "I really wish I could be there... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Behind the Scenes at the 2012 RNC

Our Ward Room reporters Carol Marin, Mary Ann Ahern and Don Moseley share their... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

A profile in The Weekly Standard portrays the young Republican as a man of action. 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.
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