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Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:01 AM

State: Chicago Special Education Overhaul Violated Law

State: Chicago Special Education Overhaul Violated Law

The Illinois State Board of Education may appoint an independent monitor to oversee special education at Chicago Public Schools after concluding a 2016 overhaul violated federal law. Read »

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Critics: Governor's Race Shows Need for Finance Reform

Critics: Governor's Race Shows Need for Finance Reform

This year's Illinois governor's race between ultra-wealthy candidates could be the costliest in U.S. history and critics say it perfectly illustrates the need for a campaign finance system that isn't so... Read »

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 6:28 PM
Take 5: Gutierrez Running, Ives Sparring With Rauner

Take 5: Gutierrez Running, Ives Sparring With Rauner

Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s daughter is eyeing elected office, State Senator Jeanne Ives is still sparring with Governor Bruce Rauner, and will there be a budget deal? NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary... Watch »

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 6:48 PM

Alderman Jockeying to Become Aviation Chairman

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel participated in a ceremony celebrating the opening of new gates at O’Hare Friday, and several alderman who joined him are hoping that he can open doors to a very important position. Read »

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:44 AM

Illinois Lawmakers Send Gov. Plan on Handling of Quincy

The Illinois Senate has voted unanimously to require administrators of state veterans' homes to notify the public within 24 hours of an infectious disease diagnosis. Read »

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 5:14 PM
Lori Lightfoot Announces Mayoral Run

Lori Lightfoot Announces Mayoral Run

Lori Lightfoot is officially running for mayor, she announced Thursday. Watch »

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 5:11 PM
President Trump Set to Hold Indiana Rally

President Trump Set to Hold Indiana Rally

President Donald Trump is getting set to deliver remarks at a rally in Elkhart, and NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern is there and speaking to his supporters.    Watch »

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:21 PM

Lightfoot Officially Announces Chicago Mayoral Run

Lori Lightfoot is ready to move from one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s problem solvers to one of his political opponents. Read »

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:48 PM

In Indiana, Trump Says Dems Would Stymie Economic Progress

Embracing his role as party leader, President Donald Trump issued a stern warning at a rally Thursday that Democrats would disrupt the economic progress of his administration, imploring Republicans to mobilize... Read »

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 5:31 PM

Ex-US Rep. Mel Reynolds Sentenced to 6 Months on Tax Charges

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds has been sentenced to six months in jail on convictions that he failed to file tax returns for income he made while consulting for Chicago businessmen in Africa. 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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Authors
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 .