Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Satire: When Mitt Romney Visits Sesame Street

Satire: When Mitt Romney Visits Sesame Street

What will happen on Day One of a Romney presidency, when he makes good on his promise to fire Big Bird. Yes, this is satire. Read »

Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

April Fool! Emanuel Denies Own FOIA Request

April Fool! Emanuel Denies Own FOIA Request

Satire Alert: After saying on April Fool's Day that he's filing a FOIA request to learn more about himself, Mayor Rahm Emanuel decides he doesn't have a right to the information. Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Israel to Remove Six-Pointed Star From Flag: "It's a GD Symbol"

Israel to Remove Six-Pointed Star From Flag:

SATIRE ALERT: Now that City Clerk Susana Mendoza has cancelled a sticker design with gang signs, other public officials are following suit. Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Rahm Emanuel, Heat Miser

Rahm Emanuel, Heat Miser

Satire Alert: Why hasn't it snowed? Because the mayor canceled winter, saying there's no room in the budget for another $37.3 million blizzard. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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By Edward McClelland

"Joe Walsh: The Decision"

Satire Alert: Ward Room has learned that Walsh will reveal which district he's running in during a interview with sports reporter Jim Gray, who conducted "LeBron James: The Decision." And we have the script! Read »

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Exclusive: Moseley Braun Campaign Fires Moseley Braun

Exclusive: Moseley Braun Campaign Fires Moseley Braun
Mary Ann Ahern

Speaking on condition of satirical anonymity, a source tells Ward Room that Carol Moseley Braun's campaign is dumping its own candidate. 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 .