Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Flies to Chicago Amid New Crack-Cocaine Scandal

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Flies to Chicago Amid New Crack-Cocaine Scandal

Rob Ford jet-setted to Chicago on Thursday afternoon amid a new round of incriminating photos that show the infamous Toronto mayor smoking from what appears to be a crack pipe. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Spirit Airlines Ad Pokes Fun at Rob Ford

Spirit Airlines Ad Pokes Fun at Rob Ford

The low-cost air carrier that twice parodied Rod Blagojevich in ad campaigns is poking fun at the recent admissions of a certain Toronto mayor. Read »

Friday, Nov 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Unhappy With Rahm? Be Glad You’re Not in Toronto

Unhappy With Rahm? Be Glad You’re Not in Toronto

Did you hear the one about the big-city mayor that arm wrestled Hulk Hogan, likes to be drunk in public and got caught smoking crack on video? Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Alleged Crack Smoking Toronto Mayor Should Be More Like Rahm, Expert Says

Alleged Crack Smoking Toronto Mayor Should Be More Like Rahm, Expert Says

Rahm Emanuel is the only American politician to have been seen publicly with Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto who was allegedly seen smoking crack on a cell phone video. A Toronto columnist wishes their mayor were... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 3:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Sister City Mayors Are Like Brothers

Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who is just as belligerent as Rahm Emanuel, is in Chicago to attract business to Canada and re-sign the sister cities' agreement. 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 .