Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 5:54 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Speaker Madigan Summons House Back to Session

Speaker Madigan Summons House Back to Session

Crain's Chicago Business reports that the legislature will return to finish work on a Sears and CME tax break. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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By Alise Blunk

What Is The Future For Sears?

What Is The Future For Sears?

After Illinois Legislature could not come to an agreement to give Sears a tax break, will Sears leave the state like they have threatened to do? Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CME, Sears Tax Break Fails

CME, Sears Tax Break Fails

The Illinois Senate approved a package, but their colleagues in the house submarine it. Read »

Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

New Plan Aims to Satisfy Sears, CME

New Plan Aims to Satisfy Sears, CME

Illinois Democrats desperate to keep two major companies in-state introduced a scaled back tax-break plan to the legislature Sunday. Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) offered up a $250 million-per-year tax break plan... Read »

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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By Edward McClelland

2 Reasons Why Sears Should Stay In Illinois

2 Reasons Why Sears Should Stay In Illinois

Sears doesn't want to end up like two other sad-sack franchises who have experienced mostly failure since leaving the state: the Atlanta Hawks and the Arizona Cardinals. Read »

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 7:15 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Illinois Wants to Work With Sears: Quinn

Illinois Wants to Work With Sears: Quinn

Gov. Quinn said Monday he plans to sit down with Sears representatives and Hoffman Estates village board members to discuss the future of the company. Read »

Monday, May 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Is Sears Next to Leave Illinois?

Is Sears Next to Leave Illinois?

The latest big business spying headquarters locations outside Illinois might see more incentives from Quinn. Read »

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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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