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Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 5:58 PM
Take 5: Rauner, Pritzker Exchange Jabs

Take 5: Rauner, Pritzker Exchange Jabs

In this week's Take 5, NBC 5 Political Reporters Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern detail the week in jabs between Governor Bruce Rauner and candidate JB Pritzker, along with all the other juicy political... Watch »

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 5:48 PM

Amid Turmoil, CDA Reminds Employees Not to Talk to Media

Amid Turmoil, CDA Reminds Employees Not to Talk to Media

As turmoil within Chicago’s Department of Aviation continues to unfold, staffers have been told not to contact the media, according to a new memo obtained by NBC 5 this week. Read »

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 6:53 PM

CTU President Karen Lewis Retiring

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is retiring just weeks after undergoing brain surgery amid an ongoing battle with cancer. Read »

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Children Separated From Parents Being Housed in Chicago

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin visited a local organization Friday that is helping shelter children separated from their parents under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Read »

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 at 10:29 PM

Illinois Governor Candidates Squabble as Campaigns Roll On

Here's where we are at -- in the more than 100 million dollar governors race -- incumbent Bruce Rauner's campaign is driving a van around the city today with a fake sign that reads: Pritzker Plumbing . Read »

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 at 12:21 PM

New Aviation Commissioner Faces Challenges

As the Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner steps down, her replacement will face a series of challenges. Read »

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 at 6:41 AM

Lawmakers Hold Hearing Into Sexual Abuse by CPS Employees

Illinois lawmakers heard from two former Chicago Public Schools students about alleged sexual abuse at the hands of district employees. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:42 PM

Ginger Evans to Resign as Chicago Aviation Commissioner

The Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner is stepping down, the city confirmed Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 4:50 PM

Illinois Governor's Race Goes Down the Toilet-- Literally

The Illinois Governor’s race has already gone into the toilet-- literally. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Ex-Inspector to Review Illinois House Amid Harassment Claims

A former state executive inspector general will investigate the Illinois House of Representatives after several sexual harassment scandals. Read »

About Ward Room
NBC Chicago's award winning politics blog takes a critical look at Illinois' top influence-peddlers, using a mix of news and commentary designed to keep this state's notoriously corruptible politicians honest and accountable.
Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
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 was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
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 .