Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Chicago Politics

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Chicago Politics

You don't love a city like Chicago or a state like Illinois without wanting tomorrow to be better than today and expecting each of its citizens to be their best, including its politicians Read »

Saturday, Jan 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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By Edward McClelland

City Makes a $65 Million NATO Promise

City Makes a $65 Million NATO Promise

City insists money will come from private donations, not taxpayers. Read »

Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Ward Room's Old Faces

Ward Room's Old Faces

Ward Room's new faces are actually the oldest faces in Illinois politics -- Ed Burke and Mike Madigan, proof that the more things change, the more power old Irishmen have. Read »

Monday, May 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Announcing Ward Room's All-Singing, All-Dancing Twitter Feed

Announcing Ward Room's All-Singing, All-Dancing Twitter Feed

Tweeting the quotes that make the news. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Contact Ward Room

Contact Ward Room

Got a tip? Complaint? Profession of admiration? Holler. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Welcome to Ward Room

Welcome to Ward Room
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At its oily, pistoning machine core, Chicago's levers are pulled by political personalities. Read »

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NBC Chicago's award winning politics blog takes a critical look at Illinois' top influence-peddlers, using a mix of news and commentary designed to keep this state's notoriously corruptible politicians honest and accountable.
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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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Authors
Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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