Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Santorum Country

Santorum Country

Your Ward Room Blogger used to live in Central Illinois, and is here to explain why Rick Santorum did so well there. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Party of Reagan Is Dead

The Party of Reagan Is Dead

Rick Santorum goes to Dixon to revive the memory of the president Republicans can't get over. Read »

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Santorum Wants To Take The Way-Back Machine To 1965

Santorum Wants To Take The Way-Back Machine To 1965

Rick Santorum wants to take us back to pre-1965 America, promising to restore economic freedom and strong families. He ignores the fact that families were stronger because the economy was less free. Read »

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Handicapping The Republican Primary

Handicapping The Republican Primary

Political experts and odds makers predict next week's GOP presidential primary. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Mitt Romney Allowed Santorum Into Illinois

Mitt Romney Allowed Santorum Into Illinois

Just days before the primary, it appears that Romney's grasp on the state could be in jeopardy because of his campaign's ineptitude Read »

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Will Be A Romney Blowout

Illinois Will Be A Romney Blowout

Polls show a close popular vote, but thanks to a system of awarding delegates by congressional district, plus 15 unpledged delegates loyal to the party establishment, Romney will do far better than Santorum... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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By Carol Marin

GOP Hands Gifts to Axelrod, Dems

GOP Hands Gifts to Axelrod, Dems

Moderate Republicans, the kind who count in general elections but get shouted down in primaries, are worried. And they should be. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM
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By Edward McClelland

In Politics,Sex Sells

In Politics,Sex Sells

Sex issues -- abortion, contraception and gay marriage -- have become litmus tests for Democrats and Republicans, and are consuming political air that would be better expended on economic issues. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .