Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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By Sara Burnett and Kerry Lester

Illinois Legislature OKs "Incomplete" 2015 Budget

Illinois Legislature OKs

The Illinois Legislature sent a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn Friday that majority Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue — including... Read »

Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM
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By Sophia Tareen

Pension Panel Asks Quinn to Testify

Pension Panel Asks Quinn to Testify

Members of a bi-partisan panel charged with coming up with a solution to Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis have formally invited Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before the committee Monday in Springfield. Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Lawmakers to Take a Pay Cut

Illinois Lawmakers to Take a Pay Cut

Illinois lawmakers are going to take a pay cut starting next month. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Would State Senator Obama Have Voted For Gay Marriage?

Would State Senator Obama Have Voted For Gay Marriage?

Maybe ... but he would have regretted it when he ran for higher office. Read »

Friday, Mar 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Illinois Closer to Cell Phone Driving Ban

Illinois Closer to Cell Phone Driving Ban

House passes bill, sends to Senate. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Over 200 Illinois Clergy Advocate Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Over 200 Illinois Clergy Advocate Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Hundred of Illinois Clergy, many of them from the Chicago area, are throwing their support behind a same-sex marriage bill that could come up for a vote in Springfield. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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By Alise Blunk

What Is The Future For Sears?

What Is The Future For Sears?

After Illinois Legislature could not come to an agreement to give Sears a tax break, will Sears leave the state like they have threatened to do? 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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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 .