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Thursday, Jul 5, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Federal Judge, Ind. Professor a Top Pick for Supreme Court

One of President Donald Trump's top choices for his next Supreme Court nominee is a federal judge for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and law professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 at 12:13 PM

4 Illinois Governor Hopefuls on Ballot; McCann Seeks Debates

Four candidates for Illinois governor will be on the ballot this fall. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Schock to Appeal to High Court; Wants Trial Freeze Continued

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's lawyers have told a federal judge in Illinois they intend to appeal to the Supreme Court and want a freeze on his corruption trial to continue until the high court reviews... Read »

Monday, Jul 2, 2018 at 6:59 AM

Obama Foundation Takes Steps to Ensure Diverse Workforce

Officials overseeing construction of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side say they're taking steps to ensure a diverse workforce builds the center. Read »

Saturday, Jun 30, 2018 at 7:16 PM

Workers Get Chance to Reclaim Millions in Union Fees

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring administrative union fees from non-union members means Illinois health care workers will get a chance to claw back $32 million they've paid. Read »

Saturday, Jun 30, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Illinois Pushes Back on Trump Immigration Policies

Illinois Pushes Back on Trump Immigration Policies

Illinois lawmakers pushed back last spring against President Donald Trump and his often hardline stance on immigration policy. Read »

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 at 5:28 PM

Trump at Foxconn Groundbreaking: '8th Wonder of the World'

President Donald Trump joined officials in Wisconsin Thursday to break ground on a multi-billion dollar factory he said will be "the eighth wonder of the world." Read »

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:23 AM

VA Gives Illinois $4.1M to Improve Quincy Veterans Home

Illinois is receiving $4.1 million in federal funds for renovations at a veterans' home where Legionnaires' disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Congress Parkway to be Renamed in Honor of Ida B. Wells

Congress Parkway to be Renamed in Honor of Ida B. Wells

A stretch of Congress Parkway could be renamed after Ida B. Wells after the Chicago City Council introduced an ordinance to approve the move. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018 at 7:53 PM

Supreme Court Deals Big Setback to Labor Unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. 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.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .