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Friday, Feb 23, 2018 at 6:51 AM

Illinois Lawmakers Revisit Gun Legislation

Advocates for gun control have renewed their push to require Illinois firearm stores to get state licenses, saying federal regulations don't go far enough to ensure sales are handled properly. Read »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 9:13 PM

Ill. AG Candidate Says GOP County Official Used Racial Slur

Ill. AG Candidate Says GOP County Official Used Racial Slur<br />

A Republican candidate seeking a seat in the General Assembly is unworthy of the post because of his use of sexist and racist language, the GOP floor leader in the Illinois House said. Read »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 7:39 PM

Illinois AG Candidates Sound Off on Gun Control

President Donald Trump's proposals on school security were front and center during a forum Thursday afternoon with candidates for Illinois attorney general. Read »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 6:28 PM

Sen. Sanders Stays Mum on Illinois Governor's Race

Senator Bernie Sanders was in Chicago this week to support Congressional candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, but he when it comes to the governor’s race, the former presidential candidate isn’t tipping his hand. Read »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 4:48 PM

Bruce Rauner's $95 Million Campaign

Bruce Rauner's $95 Million Campaign

Five years ago, Bruce Rauner formed the committee that launched his political career. From the start Citizens for Rauner raised millions, in part because Bruce Rauner contributed millions. Read »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 2:51 PM

Madigan’s Counsel Claims Independence in Investigation

As questions continue to swirl surrounding Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's handling of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, his newly-hired independent counsel spoke to NBC 5 about the... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 at 11:27 PM
Madigan Hires Independent Counsel After Aide Allegations

Madigan Hires Independent Counsel After Aide Allegations

The latest on the firestorm surrounding House Speaker Mike Madigan and sexual harassment allegations within his inner circle: The woman he's chosen as independent counsel speaks to NBC 5 as well as one of... Watch »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 1:32 PM

Questions Swirl About Madigan's 'Independent' Investigation

Questions continued to surface Tuesday on the sexual harassment and misconduct allegations within the office of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 at 7:46 AM

For Duckworth, a Baby Will Bring Down Yet Another Barrier

For Duckworth, a Baby Will Bring Down Yet Another Barrier

Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that's the way she likes it. Read »

Monday, Feb 19, 2018 at 7:33 PM

2nd Madigan Aide Dismissed Over Misconduct Allegations

A second high-ranking operative for Speaker Michael Madigan has been quietly removed from the powerful Democrat’s political organization, according to multiple sources. 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.
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