Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Gets Labor Union Love

Emanuel Gets Labor Union Love

Not every Chicago labor union is coalescing behind prospective mayoral candidate Karen Lewis. When Rahm Emanuel held a press conference to herald the ground-breaking of Wolf Point West Tower -- a 48-story, $160... Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

Opinion: Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

As NBC Chicago previously reported, in devastating detail, at least 40 people were shot over the weekend resulting in four fatalities. The key to curbing the gun-fueled bloodshed in Illinois could be prison... Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

The progressive group that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is shifting its focus to Chicago ahead of a mayoral race that could see Rahm Emanuel battling union leader-activist Karen Lewis. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM
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By Christian Farr
      

Chicago Summit Addresses Gang Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago's police superintendent and community leaders Monday for a closed-door meeting to solve the city's crime epidemic. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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By The Associated Press

Quinn OKs MediPot for Kids With Epilepsy

Quinn OKs MediPot for Kids With Epilepsy

The measure adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in the state's medical cannabis program and allows children with seizures from epilepsy to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent's... Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters

Opinion:  Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters

If there’s one trick Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner knows well, it’s telling people what they want to hear. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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By The Associated Press

Chicago Sets Up Affordable Housing Task Force

Chicago Sets Up Affordable Housing Task Force

The task force is asked to make recommendations for changes in the city's Affordable Requirements Ordinance that will lead to the addition of 1,000 affordable housing units over the next five years. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

'Private' Summit to Tackle Chicago Gang Violence

Federal and local officials and faith-based leaders will take part in a private meeting to discuss what can be done about the shootings in Chicago. NBC Chicago's Lauren Petty reports for the NBC 5 NEWS TODAY on... Watch »

Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Illinois Law a Boost to Ex-Offenders Seeking Jobs

Illinois Law a Boost to Ex-Offenders Seeking Jobs

Ex-offenders in Illinois won't have to disclose their criminal pasts until private employers first evaluate their job skills, under a new law signed Saturday by Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax

Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks. 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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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 .