Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM
|
By Ward Room Staff

Congressional Report Presses for E-Cigarette Rules

Congressional Report Presses for E-Cigarette Rules

The report released Monday highlights several issues including an array of flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, the lack of age restrictions and no uniform warning labels. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM
|
By Ward Room Staff

Dick Durbin Makes Putin's Enemies List

Dick Durbin Makes Putin's Enemies List

President Barack Obama released a sanctions list Monday that includes seven Russian and four Ukranian officials from holding assets or traveling to the United States. Putin's list is considered a direct... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 5:46 AM
|
By Ward Room Staff

Live Blog: Primary Election Day in Illinois

Live Blog: Primary Election Day in Illinois

Illinois voters head to the polling places Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates in a number of offices. Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
|
By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM
|
By Mark W. Anderson

Truax, Oberweis in Battle of Endorsements in GOP Senate Race

Truax, Oberweis in Battle of Endorsements in GOP Senate Race

It may not be getting much media attention, but there’s a spirited race in Republican circles to replace longtime Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, who’s up for reelection in 2014. Read »

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 5:42 AM
|
By Marcus Riley
      

Durbin Calls For More Trucking Oversight

A deadly crash in Illinois involving a truck driver accused of staying at the wheel for more than 35 hours without a long enough break prompted a call Thursday for tougher oversight of drivers and trucking... Read »

Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 at 9:27 AM
|
By Alexandria Fisher

Lawmakers Pursue National Park Status for Pullman

Lawmakers Pursue National Park Status for Pullman

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are taking the next step to establish a national park in Chicago's historic Pullman neighborhood. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 5:21 AM
|
By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

AG: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

AG: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

Attorney General visits Chicago for ceremonial swearing-in for northern Illinois' new U.S. attorney, Zachary Fardon Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM
|
By Associated Press

Oberweis Eyes Ending State's Sunday Car Sales Ban

Oberweis Eyes Ending State's Sunday Car Sales Ban

An Illinois state senator wants to end a longstanding ban on Sunday automobile sales. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM
|
By Mark W. Anderson

Democratic Superstar Warren Coming to Chicago

Democratic Superstar Warren Coming to Chicago

Warren is expected to attend a campaign event December 3 in Chicago for fellow Democrat Dick Durbin. Read »

advertisement
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.

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.

See more Who We're Covering
Authors
Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
advertisement