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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 »

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018 at 8:41 PM

Illinois Lawmakers Discuss Legalizing Sports Betting

Illinois lawmakers held a Senate hearing Tuesday to consider the legalization of sports betting across the state. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018 at 6:46 AM

Illinois Law Seeks to Improve Sexual Assault Reporting

Illinois Law Seeks to Improve Sexual Assault Reporting

A change in Illinois law aims to improve how police respond to sexual assault allegations by requiring officers undergo new training to improve sensitivity toward victims and learn about trauma. Read »

Monday, Apr 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas Officially Files to Run for Mayor

Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas Officially Files to Run for Mayor

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas officially filed to run for mayor on Monday, creating a campaign committee to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Monday, Apr 2, 2018 at 12:21 PM

Pritzker Gives Campaign Another $7M, Brings Total to $76.5M

Democratic candidate for Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker gave his campaign committee another $7 million contribution last, bringing the total amount of money he's put into his effort to more than $76.5... Read »

Friday, Mar 30, 2018 at 6:38 PM

Emanuel Discusses Amazon's Visit to Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed Amazon’s visit to Chicago on Thursday, saying he’s “proud” of the way the event went. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 at 9:22 PM

Former CPS CEO Vallas Announces Mayoral Bid

Former CPS CEO Vallas Announces Mayoral Bid

Add one more to the growing list of candidates interested in challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 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 .