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Monday, Apr 9, 2018 at 6:59 PM

Fate of Gun Reform Bill Unclear as Legislature Convenes

After nearly a month off, Illinois lawmakers are returning to Springfield, and while Chicago leaders want to see an override of Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of gun legislation, it’s unclear whether it’s possible... Read »

Monday, Apr 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Durbin on Voting Hacks: 'We Are Under Attack'

As concerns surrounding the exposed vulnerabilities in U.S. election systems continue to rise, Sen. Dick Durbin warned Monday that American voters are “under attack,” citing a malicious cyber-attack that... Read »

Monday, Apr 9, 2018 at 4:41 PM

Chicago Ald. Mike Zalewski Announces Resignation

Chicago Ald. Mike Zalewski Announces Resignation

Ald. Mike Zalewski, of the 23rd Ward, announced Monday that he is resigning effective May 31. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 at 9:51 AM

Tammy Duckworth Gives Birth to Baby Girl

Tammy Duckworth Gives Birth to Baby Girl

It's a big day for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who has given birth to a baby girl and made history doing so. Read »

Friday, Apr 6, 2018 at 7:28 PM

Confirmation Hearing Begins for New COPA Chief

In her first Chicago City Council meeting, the woman nominated to lead the Civilian Office of Police Accountability promised to earn the public’s trust as community groups ask for more input. Read »

Friday, Apr 6, 2018 at 6:57 AM

Credit Rating Agency Unsold on Chicago Airport Revamp Plan

Moody's Investors Service has given a thumbs down to Chicago's plans to expand O'Hare International Airport. Read »

Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Rauner Announces Arrival of First Granddaughter

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is trying to win re-election to office this year, but his family made some big news off the campaign trail Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 at 2:02 PM

Rauner Donates 'Godfather' Papers to Dartmouth

Rauner Donates 'Godfather' Papers to Dartmouth

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has donated his collection of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's papers to his alma mater, Dartmouth College. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Wilson Says He's Donating $100K to His Campaign for Mayor

Dr. Willie Wilson said Wednesday that he's donating $100,000 to his campaign for Chicago mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2018 at 6:57 AM

Rauner Renames Illinois' Executive Mansion

Illinois' Executive Mansion is getting a new name with its face lift. 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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