Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Mosely
      

Politics Reign at Illinois State Fair's Governor's Day

Democrats try to rally the vote during traditionally difficult non-presidential election year. Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Dorothy Brown Under Investigation for Shady Land Deal

Dorothy Brown Under Investigation for Shady Land Deal

Nobody would trade places with Dorothy Brown this week. Or ever. A grand jury is investigating a seemingly shady land deal that put thousands into the pockets of Brown, the Cook County circuit court clerk,... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Voting Day: 2014 Illinois Primaries

Illinoisans -- including the candidates running for public office -- hit the... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rivals Rip Rauner in Republican Debate

He is the only non-elected official of the four republicans running for governor and first-time candidate and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is leading the polls, the only one currently with enough money to run... Read »

Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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By Sara Burnett

Retired Ill. Teachers Sue State Over Pension Law

Retired Ill. Teachers Sue State Over Pension Law

A group of retired Illinois teachers and administrators have filed a lawsuit seeking to have a new plan to reduce the state's $100 billion pension shortfall declared unconstitutional. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 12:33 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Reactions to Pension Bill Mixed

Gov. Pat Quinn is celebrating the passage of the pension bill, but not everyone is happy about it. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

2014 Illinois Governor Candidates

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has several challengers in 2014, including from within... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 6:07 AM
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By Sophia Tareen

Candidates For Governor Can Circulate Petitions for 2014

Candidates For Governor Can Circulate Petitions for 2014

Two Illinois Republicans eyeing the governor's office headed into Tuesday — the first day that Illinois candidates wanting to run in 2014 can circulate petitions — with a jump start on announcing their... Read »

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Quinn Signs 'Puppy Lemon Law'

Quinn Signs 'Puppy Lemon Law'

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday to protect consumers who buy a dog or cat and learn the animal is seriously ill. Read »

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Last year’s Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield wasn’t the best day for Governor Pat Quinn, but this year he’s moving to make sure some of last year’s woes don’t repeat. 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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