Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Apr 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM
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By Summer Concepcion

25 Odd Places to Vote In Chicago

Polling places for the April 7 election that add more fun to the civic duty of... See Full Gallery »

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 9:21 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

Rahm Emanuel's Election Night Watch Party

Election night watch party for Rahm Emanuel 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 »

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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By Salina Jewell

Illinois General Election Guide 2014

November 4 is election day for Illinois residents to vote for who they would like... See Full Gallery »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis Butt Heads on ISIS, IRS

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, faced off against Republican rival Jim Oberweis in a frequently hostile "endorsement debate" before the Chicago Tribune editorial board on Monday. Read »

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

After initially giving a slight edge to the Democrats, The Rothenberg Report has re-labeled Illinois' 12th-district congressional showdown a "pure toss-up." Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

More than five months out from Election Day, a number of political operatives and media types are already working to craft a narrative that doesn't square with some basic facts. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided

Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is running to unseat Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka this November—and the outlook does not look good. 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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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 .