Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Jesse Jackson Jr. Absent During State of Union

Jesse Jackson Jr. Absent During State of Union

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is one of those who usually has a primo seat for the president's State of the Union address. This year, however, there was no sign of Jackson. Read »

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Emanuel's State of the Union Advice for Obama

Leading up to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has some advice for his former boss: Don't focus on the past. 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 .