Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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 »

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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 .