Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Asks Supporters for $5 Donations After Griffin Windfall

Rauner Asks Supporters for $5 Donations After Griffin Windfall

Bruce Rauner is not resting on his laurels after receiving a record-shattering, bombshell $2.5 donation from hedge fund mogul Ken Griffin, the richest person in Illinois. The Republican gubernatorial nominee... Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks "New Low"

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is not amused by the Illinois GOP's distribution of a fake press release claiming that he would pressure Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to testify about his scandal-plagued anti-violence... Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Bruce Rauner Would Block a Minimum Wage Hike in Illinois

How Bruce Rauner Would Block a Minimum Wage Hike in Illinois

Bruce Rauner is doubling down on his stance against a minimum wage hike in Illinois. Making the media rounds Wednesday, the Republican gubernatorial nominee firmed his position on the issue: He'd "OK" an... Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Griffin's $2.5 Million Rauner Donation Is "Do or Die'

Opinion: Griffin's $2.5 Million Rauner Donation Is

Citadel CEO Ken Griffin broke records earlier this month when he donated an eye-poppping $2.5 million to the campaign of Bruce Rauner, GOP nominee for Illinois governor. Why so much money? According to a Griffin... Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Quinn Campaign Muzzles Paul Vallas

Opinion: Quinn Campaign Muzzles Paul Vallas

Inquiring minds want to know why Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has muzzled running mate Paul Vallas from publicly discussing his charter school past. Read »

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM
      

Gutierrez to Discipline Staffer for Klan Comments

Rep. Luis Gutierrez plans to discipline a staffer for a comment he made comparing Republicans to the Ku Klux Klan at a campaign event for Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Read »

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rauner Uses Live Chickens to Illustrate Cost-Cutting Plan

GOP gubernatorial candidate presents ideas to cut government waste. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM
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By mary ann ahern
      

Rauner, Quinn Trade Campaign Jabs

Rauner blasts Quinn on state income tax increase while Democrats criticize Rauner over a photo showing the Republican candidate shaking hands with a man with a Confederate flag on his jacket sleeve. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM
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By Sophia Tareen
      

Gov. Quinn Presents State Budget Proposal

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to stress his election-year theme of protecting the middle class as he presents a budget address Wednesday that political experts and lawmakers say could be his toughest yet. 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 »

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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.

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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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