Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Free Garbage Service Cost Chicago Taxpayers $6.6 Million Per Year

Free Garbage Service Cost Chicago Taxpayers $6.6 Million Per Year

Well, this is garbage: Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson has detailed a decade of improper and illegal clout-fueled clean-up by the Department of Streets and Sanitation costing taxpayers nearly $6.6 million... Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Progressive Aldermen Hear City’s Pain and Anger at Budget Town Hall

Opinion: Progressive Aldermen Hear City’s Pain and Anger at Budget Town Hall

For anyone paying attention to how the city is being run in the age of Mayor Emanuel, the issues and complaints were familiar. Read »

Monday, Jan 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Dorothy Brown Finally Embraces the 21st Century

Dorothy Brown Finally Embraces the 21st Century

Running for re-election against an opponent who says she's a quill-and-pen fuddy-duddy, the Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court comes out for courtroom cameras and electronic filing. Read »

Thursday, Aug 5, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Rick Munoz Makes a Power Play

Now that he supports the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, Munoz is putting the pressure on Ald. Danny Solis. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 at 8:40 AM
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By Steve Bryant

Alderman Rick Munoz Admits He's an Alcoholic

Admission comes six months before re-election fight. Read »

Friday, Apr 9, 2010 at 4:07 PM
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By Edward McClelland

HDO: "They're Still Out There"

HDO:

Daley's notorious Latino sub-machine is effective in smaller cells, says Munoz. Read »

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Pol Position: In Which Mark Kirk Plays the Role of Party Flip-Flopper

Pol Position: In Which Mark Kirk Plays the Role of Party Flip-Flopper

Kirk makes national opinion pages, Stroger comes close to flubbing another hire and Art Turner isn't stoked about a possible appointment. 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.
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