Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner Buying His Way Into Hearts of Local Pols

Rauner Buying His Way Into Hearts of Local Pols

First-time candidate is spreading his own brand of political love across the state among local Republican political organizations. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Apparently, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has never heard the phrase “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM
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By associated press

Rutherford Fires Three Staffers Following Investigation

Rutherford Fires Three Staffers Following Investigation

Administrators accused of faking records, engaging in "workplace harassment." Read »

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois GOP Elects Schneider as Party Chairman

Illinois GOP Elects Schneider as Party Chairman

The newest chairman of the Illinois Republican Party said Saturday the state's reputation and budget are "in the gutter" and pledged to work "tirelessly" to defeat Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats in... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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By Carol Marin

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Even though incumbent Pat Quinn easily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday nights election results in some downstate counties show some troubling spots as he seeks his second full term. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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By associated press

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Play it Safe In Final TV Debate

Candidates get final digs in before Tuesday's primary election. MaryAnn Ahern reports. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

GOP Governor's Race: 8 Issues You Should Know

As the race for the GOP nomination for governor heats up, make sure you are well-versed in the major issues before hitting the polls. Read »

Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Thompson: Gov. Race a 'Toss-Up at This Point'

Former Governor Jim Thompson supports State Sen. Kirk Dillard's bid in the Illinois primary but concedes Bruce Rauner's 25-point lead may be too much to overcome. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Dillard: 'I Will Be Able to Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel No'

Dubbed one of the most powerful men in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t the easiest man to say no to. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off In Forum

Two weeks, to the day, before the Illinois Primary, the 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidates will participate in a forum cosponsored by NBC 5 Chicago and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and... 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 .