Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM
|
By Erin Carlson

Opinion: How Rahm Failed on Obama High School

Opinion: How Rahm Failed on Obama High School

The Obama College Prep blow-up speaks to Emanuel's shaky standing within Chicago's black community—a crucial voter segment for the incumbent Democrat—and reaction to the decision to remove the president from the... Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM
|
By Erin Carlson

CPS Plugs $876 Million Budget Deficit With Controversial 'One-Time' Fix

CPS Plugs $876 Million Budget Deficit With Controversial 'One-Time' Fix

Some old habits die hard. When Chicago Public Schools unveiled its $5.8 million proposed budget for 2015 on Wednesday, the cash-strapped district revealed more of the same: It would plug a huge hole in the... Read »

Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM
|
By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Rahm Makes CNN Play by His "Chicagoland" Rules

Opinion: Rahm Makes CNN Play by His "Chicagoland" Rules

When CNN set out to film the docu-series "Chicagoland," producers desperately pushed for access to Chicago's made-for-television celebrity mayor. The cable news network, struggling in the ratings, doubtless... Read »

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 5:50 AM
|
By BJ Lutz

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

A new website contains a list of and information about the properties that were vacated and allows a way for members of the public and community groups to submit their suggestions. Read »

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM
|
By Alexandria Fisher

Board Approves 7 New Charter Schools

The Chicago Board of Education approved proposals for seven proposals for new charter schools Wednesday amid protests from the Chicago Teachers Union and supporters of public schools. Read »

Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM
|
By Mary Ann Ahern, BJ Lutz

CPS Awards $1.1M in Principal Bonuses

More than 130 Chicago Public Schools principals on Thursday learned they'd been selected to receive generous bonuses -- some as much as $20,000 -- as recognition for their work in boosting students' academic... Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM
|
By Lauren Petty

19 More Chicago Schools Closing For Good

19 More Chicago Schools Closing For Good

Thousands of Chicago students will say a final farewell Monday at 19 public schools. The second wave of schools slated to be shuttered will close as part of a plan approved last month by the city's Board of... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:22 PM
|
By Michelle Relerford & Lisa Balde

First Wave of Schools Close for Good

Today marks the last day of class for many Chicago Public Schools students, but for those at more than two dozen Track E schools, it's the last day there for good. Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM
|
By Phil Rogers

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers say they weren't included in the planning, calling her education plan one which will "foster mistrust, alienation and lowered expectations." Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM
|
By Lauren Petty & Mary Ann Ahern

CPS Chief Reveals 5-Year Education Plan

CPS Chief Reveals 5-Year Education Plan

While students look a week or two ahead for summer break to start, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools is looking ahead several years to ensure high-quality education. Read »

About Ward Room
NBC Chicago's award winning politics blog takes a critical look at Illinois' top influence-peddlers, using a mix of news and commentary designed to keep this state's notoriously corruptible politicians honest and accountable.
Newsletters

Get Ward Room headlines sent to your inbox!

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?

See more Who We're Covering
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 .