Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Biden To Headline Durbin Fundraiser

Biden To Headline Durbin Fundraiser

Sen. Dick Durbin's re-election campaign gets a boost this month from a big-name guest. Vice President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser on Nov. 25th for Durbin, Ward Room confirmed. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Durbin, Kirk Disagree on Marijuana

Durbin, Kirk Disagree on Marijuana

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk don’t agree on marijuana. Read »

Friday, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

SNAP Cuts Show Gulf Between Policy, Reality

SNAP Cuts Show Gulf Between Policy, Reality

Let’s face a basic fact: If you’re a member of the United States Congress, you don't ever have to worry where your next meal is coming from. Read »

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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.

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