Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Tell Us What You Did With Our Money, Governor

Tell Us What You Did With Our Money, Governor

Instead of offering a solution for the state's indebtedness, Gov. Pat Quinn will pretend Illinois can grow its way out of the problem. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 7:28 AM
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State of State will Focus on Jobs: Quinn

State of State will Focus on Jobs: Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn says he intends to focus on ways to create more jobs in Illinois when he lays out his vision for the state Wednesday, even if that means calling for some new spending at a time of financial... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 6:09 AM
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By Carol Marin

Quinn Has a Rahm Problem

Quinn Has a Rahm Problem

Pat Quinn, our governor, has many problems. One of them is Rahm Emanuel, our mayor. 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 .