Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM
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By maryAnn Ahern

GOP Candidates Make Final Pitch

Republican candidates running for governor spent the last day before the primary election traveling around Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Final TV Debate Today for GOP Gov Hopefuls

Final TV Debate Today for GOP Gov Hopefuls

Thursday's forum is hosted by Chicago's WTTW-TV. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff & Associated Press

Martin Sheen, Quinn Push Minimum Wage Boost

Illinois governor has made increasing the minimum wage a big part of his platform as he seeks another term, saying the increase is about "dignity and decency." Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:54 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Numbers Down in First Day of Early Voting

Chicago Numbers Down in First Day of Early Voting

Each ward will have one location available. Read »

Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Tuesday is Deadline to Register to Vote in Primary

Tuesday is Deadline to Register to Vote in Primary

The election next month is the first time that 17-year-old Illinoisans will be able to vote. Read »

Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner Wants Help Choosing New TV Ad

The financier-turned-candidate, has been running advertisements introducing himself as a political outsider set on shaking up Springfield to voters for months. His most recent entry focuses on his $18 watch and... Read »

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 6:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Candidates Begin Filing Nomination Petitions

Candidates Begin Filing Nomination Petitions

A sure sign campaign season is underway in Illinois comes as election officials prepare to receive nomination petitions. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn, Vallas Vow to Fix Pension Problem

Quinn announced Vallas as his pick in an email Friday. During Tuesday's appearance, the two said addressing the state's pension problems will be a top priority for their ticket. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

House Republican Leader Announces Bid for Treasurer

So far, DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan has said he's also seeking the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, state Sen. Mike Frerichs of Champaign has said he's running. Read »

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Duckworth Gets First Challenger in 2014 Race

Duckworth Gets First Challenger in 2014 Race

Manju Goel announced Sunday that she's seeking the Republican nomination for the state's 8th Congressional District. 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 .