Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Jun 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Durbin Seeks To Freeze Student Loan Rates

Durbin Seeks To Freeze Student Loan Rates

Student loan rates set to double on July 1. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By michelle relerford, phil rogers

Illinois Senators Target Gangster Disciples Gang

Bipartisan pair believe plan could involved up to 18,000 arrests. Read »

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM
Durbin Discusses Violence With Chicago Students

Durbin Discusses Violence With Chicago Students

Senator visits Urban Academy Friday to discuss solutions with male students at high-performing school. Watch »

Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Sources: Lightfoot Out of Running for U.S. Attorney

Sources: Lightfoot Out of Running for U.S. Attorney

As the list of candidates to replace former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald dwindles, sources report that Lori Lightfoot is out of running, leaving Zachary Fardon as the likely nominee from the White House. 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 .