Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Navy Pier, McCormick Place Union Deal Reached

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced a deal with two major unions at McCormick Place and Navy Pier to secure Chicago's trade show future. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Protesters Leak NATO Security Details

Portions of Lake Shore Drive and Interstate 55 make up part of the perimeter of a secure area during next month's NATO Summit and will be closed to traffic, protest planners said they were told Tuesday. Read »

Friday, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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By Michael Kaplan

McCormick Place Deal Sparks New Shows

McCormick Place Deal Sparks New Shows

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said new Solar Power International trade show will bring in $80 million for the city. Read »

Friday, Oct 21, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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By Phil Rogers

McCormick Place Union Deal Reached

A deal looks to have been struck involving labor reforms at McCormick Place to revive work-rule reforms and attract more convention business. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Resto Show Moves to Avoid Clash With NATO/G8

Resto Show Moves to Avoid Clash With NATO/G8

Mayor Rahm Emanuel won't have to deal with the fallout of losing a major trade show to another city. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Leaders Meet to Discuss McCormick Place

The governor, mayor, legislative leaders and McCormick Place officials -- but no union leaders -- meet to discuss work-rule changes. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 9:53 AM
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By Lisa Balde

McCormick Place Loses Labor Ruling

McCormick Place Loses Labor Ruling

Mayor Rahm Emanuel remains undeterred by the ruling, saying he will continue to fight for a solution ensuring the convention industry's vitality in Chicago. 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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