Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 at 12:36 PM

New Poll Shows Trump Leads GOP Race in Illinois

New Poll Shows Trump Leads GOP Race in Illinois

New poll results show that businessman Donald Trump has widened his lead over the other GOP presidential contenders in Illinois. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Full Court Won't Rehear Blagojevich Appeal

A full appellate court in Chicago will not rehear the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 at 6:48 PM

Rauner Pushes Agenda at Illinois State Fair

Gov. Bruce Rauner mingled with Illinois residents and pushed his agenda at the state fair in Springfield Tuesday on the eve of an important vote in the Senate. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Rauner on Union-Strike Veto: 'Let Me Do My Job'

Rauner on Union-Strike Veto: 'Let Me Do My Job'

Gov. Bruce Rauner has sent a memo to Illinois lawmakers imploring them not to overturn his dismissal of legislation that would send labor-union contract decisions to an unelected arbitrator. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 at 7:14 AM

Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowd at Chicago Fundraiser

Sen. Bernie Sanders continued his push for the Democratic presidential nomination Monday, addressing a packed room of supporters during a stop in Chicago. Read »

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Government: Schock Docs Were Released by Judge, Not Leaked

Government: Schock Docs Were Released by Judge, Not Leaked

Suspicious that the other side was leaking sealed information, federal prosecutors in Springfield demanded a hearing this week before the judge overseeing a grand jury investigation of former congressman... Read »

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Rauner Offers CPS $200 Million for Pension Costs

Gov. Bruce Rauner offered a compromise to Chicago Public Schools Monday when he proposed a two-year property tax freeze along with $200 million in pension and health care costs for the district. Read »

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Bernie Sanders to Make Trip to Chicago

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will make a stop in Chicago Monday on his campaign trail. Read »

Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Gov. Rauner Makes Pumpkin Pie Official State Pie of Illinois

Gov. Rauner Makes Pumpkin Pie Official State Pie of Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday passed by the General Assembly to elevate the pie's status. Read »

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Third Ratings Agency Says CPS Bonds are ‘Junk'

Third Ratings Agency Says CPS Bonds are ‘Junk'

A third financial ratings agency lowered the credit rating for the Chicago Public Schools to “junk” status on Friday, dealing another blow to the cash-strapped city school system. 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 .