Ward Room
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Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Learn Illinois' New Laws for 2014

As Illinoisans prepare to turn the calendar to 2014, they might also want to... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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By Edward McClelland

150 New Laws Take Effect In 2013

150 New Laws Take Effect In 2013

While inaction on the severely underfunded state pension programs took most of the headlines in 2012, lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn adopted about 150 laws that take effect Jan. 1 and range from prohibiting the... Read »

Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM
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By Marcus Riley

13 New Illinois Laws For 2013

New laws will affect how fast you drive, who can access your Facebook account and... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 5:21 PM
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By Courtney Cox

Quinn Law Makes Cancer Treatment More Affordable

A new law requires insurance companies to provide coverage for both oral and intravenous chemotherapy treatments at a similar cost. Read »

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Quinn Signs Cancer Bill

The new bill prevents insurance companies from dropping a cancer patient for participating in clinical trials. 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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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 .