Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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By Jill Bastian

Julie Blagojevich: Helping Blago Was Way for Brothers to "Grow Closer"

Julie Blagojevich: Helping Blago Was Way for Brothers to

Says Rob only helped Rod out of family obligation, not money. Read »

Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Surprise: Some Jurors Don't Know a Thing About Blago

Surprise: Some Jurors Don't Know a Thing About Blago
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At least 45 selected so far. Opening statements likely tomorrow. Read »

Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blagojevich Trial Will End Near Election Day: Attorneys

Blagojevich Trial Will End Near Election Day: Attorneys
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Bad news Democrats: corruption might be in the headlines all summer. 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.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .