Ward Room
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Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:49 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Quinn Runs First Ad Against GOP Nominee Rauner

The 30 second spot, released before Bruce Rauner even officially earned the nomination, focuses on the candidate's opposition to raising the minimum wage in Illinois. 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 18, 2014 at 5:33 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Voters, Candidates Report Polling Place Problems

Voters, Candidates Report Polling Place Problems

Closed polling places, missing poll workers and problems with machines reported. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Chicago Debuts Electronic Polling Book

Veteran Chicago voters headed to the polls Tuesday won't see staffers scouring those massive books for confirmation of registration. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:59 AM
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By BJ Lutz

For First Time, Some 17-Year-Olds Can Vote in Illinois

Nearly 4,000 17-year-olds have registered to vote in Tuesday's Illinois Primary, Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langdon Neal said shortly after polls opened. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Get To Know GOP Candidates For Governor

Get To Know GOP Candidates For Governor

Watch the candidates' introductory statements and get to know the main issues in the race before the March 18 primary election. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:54 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Numbers Down in First Day of Early Voting

Chicago Numbers Down in First Day of Early Voting

Each ward will have one location available. Read »

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 6:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Candidates Begin Filing Nomination Petitions

Candidates Begin Filing Nomination Petitions

A sure sign campaign season is underway in Illinois comes as election officials prepare to receive nomination petitions. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Primary: More Winners and Losers

Illinois Primary: More Winners and Losers

Ward Room counts Rep. Joe Walsh as both a winner and a loser. Who else made our list? Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Big Winners: Jackson, Duckworth, Kinzinger

Despite what's being considered Illinois' lowest voter turnout ever for a primary election, some big winners emerged from Tuesday's contest. 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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