Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Aug 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Case Dismissed Against Robert

Ex-governor's brother feels "extreme joy and happiness." Read »

Thursday, Aug 19, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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By Steve Bryant

How Twitter and Rod Blagojevich Helped Converge Our Broadcast Newsroom

Here's to you, #Blagojevich. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 at 11:15 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Jurors Would Like to See Retrial, Conviction

More jurors point finger at lone holdout. Read »

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 7:26 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Jurors Were Deadlocked 11-1, Leaning Toward Conviction

Jury foreman calls deliberations "frustrating" and "exhausting." Read »

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 7:26 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

So, What's Next?

Lawyers must begin planning a second trial almost immediately. Read »

Thursday, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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By Steve Bryant

Judge Denies Jury Request for Closing Arguments Transcripts

Judge Denies Jury Request for Closing Arguments Transcripts
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Transcripts are not evidence, says judge. Read »

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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By Steve Bryant

Prosecution Drops Wire Fraud Charge Against Robert Blagojevich

Prosecution Drops Wire Fraud Charge Against Robert Blagojevich
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Big brother has one less worry. Read »

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Rob Blago Flounders on Stand

Says he blocked Jackson's alleged cash overture, yet Rod was interested. Read »

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Portrait of Robert Blagojevich as a Virtuous Man

To hear the defense, you'd think Robert Blagojevich did no wrong. Read »

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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By Steve Bryant, Phil Rogers

For a Brother's Love?

They rarely saw each other and barely spoke. But Rod needed someone he could trust. 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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Authors
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 .