Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:58 AM
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By Summer Concepcion

18 Wards Head Into Aldermanic Runoff

NBC Chicago and Ward Room bring you profiles on the 18 wards heading into a runo... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:02 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

How'd You Vote?

Chicagoans weigh in on who and why they did (or didn't) vote See Full Gallery »

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:09 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Get to Know Your Ward

The Chicago ward boundaries have undergone a change that will take effect Feb. 24... See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is borrowing $21 million-plus to pay for a dormant swath of land earmarked by former boss Richard M. Daley as extra space to host Olympics facilities, the Trib reports. Read »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Council Needs to Move on Reparations for Burge’s Torture Victims

Opinion: Council Needs to Move on Reparations for Burge’s Torture Victims

As former Chicago police commander Burge walks free, legislation calling for compensation for his victims continues to languish in Chicago’s City Council. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Surprises Diners at River North Steakhouse

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a closed-door fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn at a downtown hotel and a speech on the economy at Northwestern University. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti is defending his track record of financial competence amid reports that the 2nd Ward alderman and his law firms have been the target of lawsuits over allegedly delinquent... Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

Who's ready for a mud bath? Another week, another shameless display of political character assassination. Let's jump in! Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Still undecided on running for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is soliciting supporters on Twitter to help pad her campaign war chest with enough money to go up against Rahm Emanuel's... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals

Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic. 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 .