Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 6:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Walgreens Considers Moving Headquarters to Switzerland

Sen. Dick Durbin proposes bill that would shut off federal contracts to companies leaving the U.S. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Obama to Attend Fundraiser at Rauner Supporter's Home

As the old saying goes, politics makes for strange bedfellows, especially in Illinois. Read »

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 5:42 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Durbin Calls For More Trucking Oversight

A deadly crash in Illinois involving a truck driver accused of staying at the wheel for more than 35 hours without a long enough break prompted a call Thursday for tougher oversight of drivers and trucking... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Sen. Durbin Calls for "Stand Your Ground" Changes

Sen. Durbin Calls for

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin held a hearing Tuesday on state "stand your ground" laws. The hearing was held in light of the controversial death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot by George... Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Durbin Announces Funds to Hire 15 New Chicago Cops

Durbin Announces Funds to Hire 15 New Chicago Cops

Agency supplies Chicago with $1.9 million to hire or rehire officers. Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation

Commerce Secretary confirmation hearings scheduled for Thursday. Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Sen. Durbin Confirms Run for Re-Election

Sen. Durbin Confirms Run for Re-Election

Sen. Dick Durbin will run for re-election for 2014, the Senator told NBC Chicago Saturday. 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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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 .