Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Kirk: People 'Drive Faster Through' Black Communities

Sen. Mark Kirk is under fire for a comment he allegedly made during an interview last week describing African-American neighborhoods as areas people “drive faster through.” Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Same-Sex Couple in Clinton Ad Invites Her to Wedding

A same-sex Chicago couple featured in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign announcement has invited Clinton to their wedding this summer. Read »

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 at 10:59 PM
One-on-One With Gov. Bruce Rauner

One-on-One With Gov. Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a big agenda and, as legislative colleagues say, a bit of a learning curve. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 at 8:22 PM

Council Committee OKs Settlement in Koschman Death

Nanci Koschman filed the lawsuit accusing police of concealing information and creating false evidence to protect former mayor's nephew. Read »

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Emanuel Aide Leaves for Private Sector

Emanuel Aide Leaves for Private Sector

Lisa Schrader has been both chief of staff and chief operating officer during Emanuel's first term. Read »

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Students Petition to Replace Rauner as Keynote Speaker

Some Southern Illinois University students aren’t happy with the school’s decision to have Gov. Bruce Rauner as a keynote speaker for South Illinois University’s graduation ceremony next month. Read »

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Hillary Clinton's Chicago-Area Roots

Hillary Clinton's Chicago-Area Roots

Hillary Clinton has her sights set on the White House, far away from Illinois, but the former First Lady and current 2016 presidential candidate has deep roots in the Chicago area. Read »

Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Judge Overturns Rauner Order Restricting Union Dues

A St. Clair County judge has issued an order requiring Illinois government agencies to immediately reinstate mandatory union dues for nonmembers. Read »

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Gov. Rauner Signs State Disaster Proclamation

Two women were killed in small community of Fairdale in powerful Thursday evening storms. Read »

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Emanuel Calls Karen Lewis After Years-Long Silence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's "new governing style" apparently includes making peace with a long-time adversary. 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 .