Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Meeting the Mayor Leads Chicago Teen to Dream Internship

It was a chance meeting earlier this spring with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 18-year-old Martell Cowan… a meeting that lead to Cowan landing an internship at Chicago’s City Hall. Read »

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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By Associated Press

Emanuel, Nike Announce Chicago Basketball Clinics

The city of Chicago is teaming with Nike to offer free basketball clinics and a safe place for kids to play this summer. Read »

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 9:29 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Hoopster Driven Home By Emanuel Gives Mayor A Lift

Mayor Rahm Emanuel found a lot more than a good basketball game when he recently stopped at a game Friday night on Chicago's West Side. Read »

Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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By Jay Cohen

City Hopes Basketball Can Be Haven for Chicago Youths

City Hopes Basketball Can Be Haven for Chicago Youths

It's Friday night in a dangerous Chicago neighborhood, and a steady stream of teenagers slip inside the gym at Kennicott Park. Peorrie Celestine is among the first on the basketball court, and his father,... Read »

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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
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 .