Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Inspector General: Illinois Spent Too Much Federal Medicaid Money

Inspector General: Illinois Spent Too Much Federal Medicaid Money

An audit by the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveals that Illinois overdrew on its federal Medicaid account due to "faulty" and "imprecise" bookkeeping. Read »

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Promises Tighter Controls After Medicaid Paid for Dead

Quinn Promises Tighter Controls After Medicaid Paid for Dead

Gov. Pat Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead. Read »

Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn Signs 'Rocky's Law' for Student Athletes

A new law says Illinois schools must offer catastrophic insurance coverage for student athletes. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7:13 AM
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By Sophia Tareen

House OKs Medicaid Expansion, 'Puppy Lemon' Law

House OKs Medicaid Expansion, 'Puppy Lemon' Law

Illinois lawmakers moved forward Monday on a historic expansion of Medicaid and adding more protections for pet owners, but heavy lifting on the state's most pressing issues — pensions, a budget, expanded... Read »

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Bill Albracht

Bill Albracht

Republican Candidate for the 36th Legislative District Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Terry Link

Terry Link

Democratic Candidate for the 30th Legislative District. Read »

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Quinn Signs Cigarette Tax Hike

Quinn Signs Cigarette Tax Hike

Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed a package of bills that would cut health care by $1.6 million and hike cigarette taxes by $1 to pay for the state's struggling Medicaid program. Under the proposal, smokers must... Read »

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

Cigarette Tax Increase Passes Senate, Heads To Gov. Quinn

Cigarette Tax Increase Passes Senate, Heads To Gov. Quinn

The Senate voted to pass the tobacco tax and the proposal now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 6:58 AM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

Deadline Looms Over State Legislators

The end of the legislative session on Thursday May 31 is in plain sight for Illinois legislators, but with several large issues still to tackle the General Assembly may have to stay assembled for some overtime.... Read »

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn Gets Medicaid Cuts

Quinn Gets Medicaid Cuts

Now the big question is: will the legislators give Gov. Pat Quinn the rest of what he wants? 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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