Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Want a long career in Chicago politics? Don't try to reform it. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By Edward McClelland

D.C. Wants Olympics: Can It Succeed Where Chicago Failed?

D.C. Wants Olympics: Can It Succeed Where Chicago Failed?

Can the nation's capital avoid the humiliation that befell Chicago in '09? Read »

Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Chicago Didn't Become Detroit

Chicago always had a more diversified economy than its Midwestern rivals, which prepared it for the day when trading things and thinking about things became more important than making things. That's why we're... Read »

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Appointments Are A Good Deal for Mayor, Alderman, Not Voters

Opinion: Appointments Are A Good Deal for Mayor, Alderman, Not Voters

Aldermen appointed to the City Council almost always win the next election. Read »

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 1:55 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Gubernatorial Odds

Opinion: Gubernatorial Odds

Dan Rutherford is the favorite. Bruce Rauner is 4,000,000-1. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Pittsburgh Avoids Chicago's Parking Blunder

Pittsburgh Avoids Chicago's Parking Blunder

Pittsburgh was tempted with a $450 million parking lease to close a pension gap -- but said no after seeing how Chicago had lost its shirt. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Ex-Mayor Daley Praises Dan Rutherford

Ex-Mayor Daley Praises Dan Rutherford

Daley calls the state treasurer "a wonderful man." Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Stevenson Family's "Hereditary Case of Politics"

The Stevenson Family's

Former Sen. Adlai Stevenson III says Illinois's political dynasties are afflicted with "an incurable, hereditary case of politics." Adlai IV broke the chain by becoming a reporter for NBC5, and McLean played... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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By Edward McClelland

In Chicago or Of Chicago?

In Chicago or Of Chicago?

A list of celebrities who embody Chicago vs. celebrities who use it as a platform to attain fame. Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Hard Is It To Defeat An Incumbent Mayor?

How Hard Is It To Defeat An Incumbent Mayor?

Not so hard, as long as he or she isn't a Daley. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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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 .