Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Report Finds IDOT Broke Hiring Rules For Years

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration not only failed to rein-in political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, the practice seems to have gone into high gear after Quinn replaced disgraced former... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Shakman: Quinn Claim on Hiring a "Straw Man"

Shakman: Quinn Claim on Hiring a

An anti-patronage lawyer says Gov. Pat Quinn's administration should face federal scrutiny to ensure it complies with rules barring political hiring for non-political jobs. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Quinn Issues Illinois Disaster Declaration

Quinn Issues Illinois Disaster Declaration

In response to record-low temperatures, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday issued a state disaster declaration and activated the Illinois National Guard to provide aid. Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Breaks Ground on New Joliet Transportation Hub

Governor says project will create jobs, improve safety and serve as a catalyst for the state economy. Read »

Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 7:17 PM
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By Robert Rodriguez

Quinn Approves Bill For Shoulder-Riding Buses During I-55 Congestion

Quinn Approves Bill For Shoulder-Riding Buses During I-55 Congestion
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The pilot program is expected to reduce travel times through the Interstate 55 corridor, improve bus schedule reliability and encourage people to take advantage of public transportation. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .