Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

William Beavers After Sentencing: 'I'm a Hero'

Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison and a $10,000 fine for tax evasion. Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Replacement Named For Beavers' County Commission Seat

Source: committee was pressured to choose Stanley Moore. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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By Associated Press

Candidate To Replace Beavers Has Ethical Troubles

Candidate To Replace Beavers Has Ethical Troubles

A published report says a leading candidate to replace convicted Commissioner William Beavers on the Cook County Board has some ethics problems of his own. 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 .