Ward Room
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Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Mayor, Council Still Owe Answer On Mental Health Clinic Closures

Opinion: Mayor, Council Still Owe Answer On Mental Health Clinic Closures

First, the good news: there’s going to be a hearing. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By Erin Carlson

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

Now that CPS closed all those schools, what's the district going to do with the extra space? Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Admits Nearly "Punching Someone" at Parade

Rauner Admits Nearly

Video surfaced Monday of Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner telling supporters he came close to "punching someone" at a parade last spring. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Appeals Court Reinstates Casino Lawsuit Tied to Blagojevich

Judges at the Court of Appeals say there is adequate evidence to support an allegation that in 2008, Rod Blagojevich agreed to sign a bill benefiting the Illinois racing industry in exchange for a bribe. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel "Less Safe": Poll

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel

A Chicago Tribune poll reveals that Illinois' new concealed carry law, introduced in January, makes a majority of Chicagoans feel unsafe. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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By STMW

Woman Robbed Near Emanuel’s North Side Home

Woman Robbed Near Emanuel’s North Side Home

A woman was robbed early Sunday near the North Side home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By The Associated Press

22 States Honor Illinois' Concealed Carry Permit

22 States Honor Illinois' Concealed Carry Permit

Illinois doesn't have a reciprocity agreement with any states, meaning Illinois doesn't recognize other state permits. Read »

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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By Chicago Sun-Times

Rauner Firm Faces Fines for Illegal Sign in Rogers Park

Rauner Firm Faces Fines for Illegal Sign in Rogers Park

A Cook County judge will decide whether Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, and his business partners must pay fines for illegally erecting a digital billboard on a building in West Rogers... Read »

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Colleges to Be Smoke-Free Indoors and Out

Illinois Colleges to Be Smoke-Free Indoors and Out

Illinois' public colleges are going smoke-free — indoors and out — starting next summer. Read »

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM
Quinn Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Quinn Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

8/16/2014: Watch Gov. Pat Quinn take the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral challenge intended to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Quinn also donated $100 to the ALS Association and... Watch »

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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 .