Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Paul Ryan's "Favorite Band" Rages Against Him

Paul Ryan's

Ryan "is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades," Tom Morello says. Read »

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Tom Morello Threatens To Run Against Rahm

Tom Morello Threatens To Run Against Rahm

Former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello says the city canceled the permit for a National Nurses United rally after he was added to the bill. Now he's threatening to run for mayor. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .