Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Pension Crisis Leads Daley Closer to Run for Governor

Pension Crisis Leads Daley Closer to Run for Governor

Democrat William Daley reportedly said the state’s failure to address the pension crisis during spring session last week moved him closer to announcing a decision on whether to run for Governor of Illinois in... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Daley's Open Primary Plan Aims at Madigan

Opinion: Daley's Open Primary Plan Aims at Madigan

Bill Daley wants to be governor, but he also wants to make sure the governorship is worth holding. That's not the case while House Speaker Michael Madigan has absolute control over his Democratic caucus. Read »

Friday, Dec 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

When Hitchens Came to Chicago

When Hitchens Came to Chicago

Two boozy, provocative visits from the controversial journalist, who died last night. 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 .