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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:42 PM
Aviation Official Bullies, Threatens Workers: Complaints

Aviation Official Bullies, Threatens Workers: Complaints

A high ranking city official is facing five employee complaints, which were filed internally against him for abusive behavior. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:43 PM

Aviation Official Bullies, Threatens Workers: Complaints

A high ranking city official is facing five employee complaints against him for abusive behavior. Read »

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:13 AM

Long Lines for CityKey as Critics Question Mayor's Motive

A big crowd arrived Monday as dozens lined up to be among the first to receive Chicago’s new CityKey I.D. Read »

Sunday, Apr 29, 2018 at 3:40 PM

VA Director Steps Down Amid Legionnaires' Controversy

Gov. Bruce Rauner's director of veterans' affairs is stepping down amid controversy over the department's handling of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a veterans home. Read »

Friday, Apr 27, 2018 at 6:41 PM
Kanye, Trump Highlight Fascinating Political Week

Kanye, Trump Highlight Fascinating Political Week

Pop culture and the presidency meet as Kanye West and President Donald Trump become two peas in a pod. NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin break it all down in this week's Take 5 on... Watch »

Friday, Apr 27, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Suburb Denied Access to $1.4 Million in Tax Revenues

Officials in a Chicago suburb won't have access anytime soon to more than $1.4 million in tax revenues the state is withholding over pension funding failures. Read »

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Chicago Launches New 'CityKey' Municipal ID Program

The City of Chicago launched a new program Thursday to allow all city residents to obtain a municipal identification card. Read »

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 at 6:15 AM

Illinois Senate OKs Raising Smoking Age to 21

Illinois Senate OKs Raising Smoking Age to 21

The Illinois Senate has voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018 at 4:56 PM

Questions Raised Over Casten's Campaign Finances

In the competitive Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District, Sean Casten scored a narrow victory over six other candidates vying to take on GOP Rep. Peter Roskam. Now, questions about how his... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Bustos Withdraws From Statewide Sex Harassment Panel

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos is withdrawing from a statewide panel studying sexual harassment and discrimination to allow it to be more independent. 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 .