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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:34 PM
Lori Lightfoot Replacement Named

Lori Lightfoot Replacement Named

Mayor Emanuel wastes no time nominating the new head of the Chicago Police Board. Less than 24 hours after Lori Lightfoot resigned, the mayor designated Ghian Foreman to serve as president. Watch »

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:12 PM
Chicago's Mayoral Race Becomes Swirl of New, Familiar Names

Chicago's Mayoral Race Becomes Swirl of New, Familiar Names

Police reformer Lori Lightfoot is one of a handful of potential new candidates entering an already crowded field of challengers. All while Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been busy raising campaign cash. NBC 5's Mary Ann Watch »

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:12 PM

New, Familiar Names Swirl in Chicago's Mayoral Race

Developments in Chicago's mayoral race --- not just police reformer Lori Lightfoot -- who is about announce her campaign later this week -- but Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Chris Kennedy's running... Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:14 AM

Indiana Voters Sort Out 'Dante's Inferno' GOP Senate Primary

Indiana Voters Sort Out 'Dante's Inferno' GOP Senate Primary

Republican voters in Indiana will pick a nominee Tuesday to challenge one of the nation's most vulnerable Democratic senators, wrapping up a GOP primary so dominated by animosity and personal attacks that... Read »

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:49 PM
Jessica Gutierrez Launches Campaign for Chicago Alderman

Jessica Gutierrez Launches Campaign for Chicago Alderman

The race for alderman in the 30th Ward will make Mayor Rahm Emanuel choose between a loyal alderman and a longtime friend's daughter. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 3:34 PM

Lori Lightfoot Resigns From Chicago Police Board

Lori Lightfoot Resigns From Chicago Police Board

Lori Lightfoot has resigned as head of the Chicago Police Board, the board confirmed Monday. Read »

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 12:55 PM

Republicans Look to Secure Dominance on Indiana Primary Day

Republicans Look to Secure Dominance on Indiana Primary Day

The election Tuesday in Indiana will mark an end to a nasty U.S. Senate primary, where three Republicans vie for a chance to unseat what many consider a vulnerable Democratic incumbent in U.S. Read »

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Jessica Gutierrez Launches Campaign for Chicago Alderman

Outgoing Rep. Luis Gutierrez's daughter Jessica launched her campaign for Chicago alderman Monday, touting her credentials as a progressive organizer in an effort to unseat Ald. Ariel Reboyras. Read »

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 6:03 PM

President Trump, VP Pence Move Indiana Rally Site

President Trump, VP Pence Move Indiana Rally Site

President Donald Trump will be going to a larger venue than first planned for his northern Indiana campaign rally just two days after voters decide the state's bitterly fought Republican U.S. Senate primary. Read »

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Iconic Chicago Politician Wilson Frost Dies at 92

Iconic Chicago politician and long-time alderman Wilson Frost has died at the age of 92. 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 .