Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Jessica Guido

Inside Look at the Blagojevich House

Rob Blagojevich is selling his Ravenswood Manor house worth over $1.07 million.... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blago's House For Sale by Patti

With sentencing date postponed, Former Governor Blagojevich sells off $1.07 million Ravenswood Manor home. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 5:19 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blago Jurors Float a Question

Blago Jurors Float a Question

The parties in Rod Blagojevich's retrial were back in court Tuesday for a brief time because of a jury question. Read »

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 7:26 AM
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By Steve Bryant

The Charges Against Rod and Robert Blagojevich

What they're charged with, and whether they're guilty. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 7:40 PM
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By Steve Bryant

"It's Permanent For Tonight"

Blagojevich's attorney provides the most concise summation of the trial's state of flux. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Defense Regret: That Jesse Jr. Never Got Called

Rob Blagojevich's attorneys speculate his brother's attorneys were unprepared. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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By Steve Bryant, Phil Rogers

Blagojevich Will Not Testify

Blagojevich Will Not Testify

Former governor, despite promises, will not take the stand. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 6:23 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Blagojevich May Not Testify

Legal team divided on whether he should take the stand today. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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By Steve Bryant

Blago Trial: Daily Journal 7/19

Blago Trial: Daily Journal 7/19

The brothers Blagojevich begin their defense. Read »

Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 8:00 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rob Blagojevich Seeks Separate Trial

Rob Blagojevich Seeks Separate Trial

Day after Blago's proffer, brother Rob tries to distance himself. 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 .