Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Halt Broken Charter School Expansion Process

Opinion: Halt Broken Charter School Expansion Process

The stories behind UNO and Concept demonstrate the need to take a hard look at how charters to open schools are won and lost in this state. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rangel’s Story Exhibit A for Corruption in State and Chicago Politics

Opinion: Rangel’s Story Exhibit A for Corruption in State and Chicago Politics

Few political players in town in recent years have been as well connected, or clouted, than UNO and Juan Rangel. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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By Associated Press

Head of Illinois Charter School Group Resigns Post

The head of the Illinois' largest charter school operator is stepping down following concerts nepotism, bonds and conflicts of interest. Read »

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Majority of Urban Public School Students Are Poor: Study

Majority of Urban Public School Students Are Poor: Study

Meanwhile, in Chicago and around the state those charged with overseeing those students' education continue to turn their attention elsewhere. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM
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Quinn Halts UNO Funding Yet Again

Quinn Halts UNO Funding Yet Again

Gov. Pat Quinn has once again halted funding for the state’s largest charter school organization, the United Neighborhood Organization. Read »

Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn Halts State Funding for UNO Charter

The state contends the United Neighborhood Organization violated the terms of a $98 million grant in choosing companies for Chicago construction projects. The companies it chose are owned by brothers of one... 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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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 .