Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

State Senate Hopeful Employs Rap Bio

State Senate Hopeful Employs Rap Bio

If Don Wilson loses his bid for Illinois state senate, then he might want to consider a fall-back career as a viral video producer. Read »

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Illinois Senate Rekindles Campus Smoking Ban

Illinois Senate Rekindles Campus Smoking Ban

College smokers may be put out next summer if a bill, hoping to clear the air at Illinois’ public colleges and universities, becomes a law. Read »

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Gaming Board, Lawmakers Aim to Overcome Insults

Gaming Board, Lawmakers Aim to Overcome Insults

A verbal fracas between state regulators and pro-gambling lawmakers — including an exchange of insults and accusations as if they were kids in a schoolyard — has resulted in cautious pledges to work together to... Read »

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

Quinn Skeptical About Gambling Expansion

Quinn Skeptical About Gambling Expansion

Lawmakers pushing to expand gambling in Illinois hope the third time is a charm with a more finely tuned proposal that could make Illinois the fourth state to allow Internet gaming. 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 »

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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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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 .