Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 6:53 AM
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By Lauren Petty

Brizard Denies Reports He's On His Way Out

As the clock ticks down to a looming Chicago teachers strike, could the man in charge of the schools district be on his way out? CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard says he's not going anywhere, despite a report that he... Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Not Worried About Legal Challenge to Vote

CTU Not Worried About Legal Challenge to Vote

Critics upset that ministers who oversaw ballot counting process have received CTU grant money. Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

Chicago teachers have "well surpassed" the state-mandated threshold required to authorize a strike, the Chicago Teachers Union said Monday. The vote not only exceeded the 75 percent required by state law, but... Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Has Enough Votes for Strike: Sources

CTU Has Enough Votes for Strike: Sources

Chicago teachers have shown their solidarity in massive numbers. More than 90 percent of teachers have given the OK for a work stoppage, multiple sources told NBC Chicago. 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 .