Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Daley Scion Patrick Thompson: The Next 11th Ward Alderman?

The Daley Kingdom is annointing a new prince. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Patrick Thompson—nephew of ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley and grandson of the famed Richard J. Daley—is eyeing a position on City... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Is Rahm Emanuel "Chicago" enough? Still spry at 90 years old, Ed Kelly -- the former Chicago Park District Superintendent -- answers in the negative, not holding back when asked about the embattled mayor during... Read »

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM
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By Associated Press and Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Marks March on Washington

Chicago Marks March on Washington

Dozens of Chicagoans gathered Saturday at DuSable of African American History to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Read »

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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By Edward McClelland

LBJ Planned To Fly To Chicago To Seize 1968 Nomination

LBJ Planned To Fly To Chicago To Seize 1968 Nomination

After the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Lyndon Johnson plotted to snatch the nomination back from Hubert Humphrey -- with Richard J. Daley's assistance. Read »

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 8:12 AM
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By Lauren Petty

Illinois Accuses Firm of Highway Robbery

Illinois Accuses Firm of Highway Robbery

Officials want $1.9 million back from a road construction firm for allegedly overbilling the state. Read »

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Patrick Daley Thompson

Patrick Daley Thompson

Patrick Daley Thompson is running for Democratic Party Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Last Chicago Lockdown

The Last Chicago Lockdown

When the Democratic National Convention came to Chicago in 1996, Mayor Richard M. Daley imposed extraordinary security measures, fearing terrorists. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 9:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Rahm Emanuel Vs. The First Amendment

Rahm Emanuel Vs. The First Amendment

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's requests for emergency powers during next May's NATO and G-8 summits have nothing to do with guaranteeing public safety, and everything to do with intimidating protestors. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 at 11:21 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Daley and Playboy

Daley and Playboy

Why Richard J. Daley is an important character in TV's "The Playboy Club" -- even though he's never mentioned. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Of Mistletoe, Buttocks and Bluster

Of Mistletoe, Buttocks and Bluster

Mayor Daley needs to attack his critics as colorfully as his father did. 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.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .