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.

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 .