Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Apparently, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has never heard the phrase “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Toni Preckwinkle Rules Out Run for Chicago Mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has decided not to run against Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM
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By Carla K. Johnson
      

Medical Marijuana Rules OK'd by Illinois Committee

An Illinois legislative committee approved rules Tuesday for the state's medical cannabis program, which means would-be growers and retailers can soon apply for permits. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By JOSH LEDERMAN

Dollars for Obama Library Roll in From Chicago, NY

Dollars for Obama Library Roll in From Chicago, NY

The first major donations to President Barack Obama's presidential library are rolling in from New York and Chicago, two cities that are competing vigorously to host the future library. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Daley Wants Health Records Private in Park Grill Suit

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley wants only the judge in the Park Grill lawsuit to see his medical records. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 9:24 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Study Determines Cost of Corruption in Illinois

Study Determines Cost of Corruption in Illinois

How much does corruption in Illinois cost taxpayers? According to a new study, more than $1,300 per person. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Bruce Rauner says he regrets investing in a Chicago venture capital firm that did shady business with City Hall under the reign of Mayor Richard. M. Daley, the Sun-Times reports. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Rauner Leads Quinn 51-39 in New Poll

Midterm Elections: Rauner Leads Quinn 51-39 in New Poll

Come November, Springfield could very well see a changing of the guard from Gov. Pat Quinn to Bruce Rauner. Another Capitol Fax/We Ask America survey shows Rauner consistently polling ahead of Quinn -- this... Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Illinois AG Sues Over Student Loan Scams

Illinois AG Sues Over Student Loan Scams

The lawsuits, filed in Cook and Champaign counties, alleged "deceptive practices" for charging up-front fees for phony services or for services that are already free. The companies' advertisements on radio,... Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers

Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers

There’s no doubt Mr. Emanuel needs to find some kind of silver lining concerning his re-election chances today. 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 .