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Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 at 5:48 PM
By Shelby Bremer

These Are the Candidates Running for Chicago Mayor

Though Election Day is months away, several candidates have already announced their intention to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Here's a look at who's in the running to run Chicago.View gallery »

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Dorothy Brown
  • Neal Sales-Griffin
Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 at 6:47 AM

Deadline Near to Submit Illinois Bicentennial Coin Design

Deadline Near to Submit Illinois Bicentennial Coin Design

Illinois residents still have few more days to take a shot at designing a souvenir coin to mark the state's 200th birthday. Read »

Monday, Apr 23, 2018 at 8:59 PM

Schwimmer Teams Up With Chicago Officials on Sex Harassment

Within the last week Inspector General Joe Ferguson revealed two city employees had engaged in sexual harassment and both have lost their jobs. Read »

Monday, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:10 PM

Madigan Sues Bus Company Over 'Flagrant' Rights Violations

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Monday against a transportation company that runs shuttle buses from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to the Chicago area, alleging the owner... Read »

Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 at 8:19 PM

Brown Announces Run for Mayor

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown announced her candidacy for mayor on Sunday at the Chicago Hilton Hotel. Read »

Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 at 4:47 PM

Sales-Griffin Announces Mayoral Run in Chicago

Sales-Griffin Announces Mayoral Run in Chicago

Tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin has joined a crowded field of candidates to throw his hat in the ring as a challenger to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Friday, Apr 20, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Pruitt Fires Back on Whiting Visit

More than 12 hours after a tour of Whiting, Indiana that was labeled secret, even by local enforcement who were not informed until the last minute, a spokesman for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pushed back. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 7:17 PM

Pruitt, Holcomb Hold Secretive Meeting in Indiana

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb toured a clean-up site in Whiting, Indiana Thursday, but the meeting was largely kept under wraps. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 7:16 PM

Tammy Duckworth Brings Baby to Senate Vote

Sen. Tammy Duckworth knew she may need to vote on the Senate floor Thursday, but she wasn't about to do it without her newest daughter. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Sen. Sam McCann Announces Run for Illinois Governor

Sen. Sam McCann Announces Run for Illinois Governor

The Illinois governors race just got a little more crowded. Sen. Sam McCann (C-Plainview) announced Thursday his entry into the race alongside Aaron Merreighn, a veterans’ rights activist, as a Conservative... 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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