Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Stuart Levine's Colorful Legacy Plays Out On Stage

Stuart Levine made millions of dollars. Hung out with the political elite. Corrupted the system, abused drugs and threw wild parties. And before ending up in prison, helped convict some of the biggest political... Read »

Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM
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By Michael Tarm, Charlie Wojciechowski

Blago Insider Levine Gets 67 Months

Levine, an admitted drug addict and serial swindler who once cheated his dead friend's estate out of millions of dollars, pleaded guilty to money laundering and fraud and could be sentenced to life in prison. Read »

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 7:28 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Sentencing Delayed for Key Blago Witness

Sentencing Delayed for Key Blago Witness

A sentencing hearing for the man responsible for bringing down impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been delayed. 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 .