Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 8:37 AM
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By John O'Connor

Illinois Lawmakers Face Gambling, Prisons, Assault Weapons

Illinois Lawmakers Face Gambling, Prisons, Assault Weapons

Lawmakers will be staring down some of the higher-profile issues in Illinois when they begin their fall session Tuesday. But resolution of gambling, state facility closures, immigration and medical marijuana... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Amendment 49 Would Change Rules For Raising Pensions

Amendment 49 Would Change Rules For Raising Pensions

A little-publicized amendment on the November ballot would require a three-fifths vote to raise public employee pensions. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM
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By Alexandra Clark, Mary Ann Ahern

Senate Clashes Over Pensions

Senate Clashes Over Pensions

The clock is ticking in Springfield where the Senate is going toe-to-toe over new state laws before the end of the legislative session Thursday, May 31. Read »

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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By Anthony Ponce & Mary Ann Ahern

House Committee Advances Pension Proposal

House Committee Advances Pension Proposal

An Illinois House committee on Tuesday passed a plan unveiled to start chipping away at the state's huge pension debt. The committee voted 6-3 to send the proposal to the House before Thursday's adjournment... Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm: No Pension Reform? Higher Taxes

If state pension reforms aren't made, Chicago would have to raise property taxes by 150 percent, Mayor Rahm Emanuel testified before the Illinois House of Representatives Committee on Personnel and Pensions.... Read »

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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By Michelle Relerford & Alexandra Clark

Protesters to Walker: Stay Out of Illinois

Protesters to Walker: Stay Out of Illinois

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continues to attract protesters during his tour through Illinois, and his stop in Chicago on Friday was no different. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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By Don Moseley

Mitt Romney Files First in Illinois

Mitt Romney Files First in Illinois

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney became the first candidate to file for election in Illinois.That also makes him the first to challenge incumbent president Barack Obama in his home state. Read »

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 »

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 at 1:21 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Legislators Retiring From Obscurity

Legislators Retiring From Obscurity

The retirement of over a dozen legislators won't change anything in the General Assembly, where only four people really matter. Read »

Friday, Oct 21, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Don Veto Quinnleone

Don Veto Quinnleone
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Did Gov. Pat Quinn kill the gambling bill just to show that he, too, is a boss? Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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