Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM
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By Saba Hamid

Daniel William Lipinski

Daniel William Lipinski

Daniel William Lipinski, representative for the 3rd District of Illinois, is running for re-election. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kirk Wants More Private Partnerships for Illinois

The junior senator thinks private dollars are the way to keep America healthy. Read »

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 9:24 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Pol Position: In Which We Humor a Balloon-Obsessed Freakazoid

Pol Position: In Which We Humor a Balloon-Obsessed Freakazoid

Lipinski stands alone, Blago looooves balloons, Clinton created Rahm, more. Read »

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NBC Chicago's award winning politics blog takes a critical look at Illinois' top influence-peddlers, using a mix of news and commentary designed to keep this state's notoriously corruptible politicians honest and accountable.
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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 .