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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 »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 6:47 AM

Preckwinkle Is First Black Woman to Head Cook County Dems

Preckwinkle Is First Black Woman to Head Cook County Dems

Democratic Party leaders in Cook County have elected County Board President Toni Preckwinkle the party's chairman. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 6:45 AM

Chicago Public Schools Hold Local School Council Elections

Chicago Public Schools Hold Local School Council Elections

Thursday marked an important day for Chicago Public Schools, as Local School Council elections were scheduled to take place. However, according to a new report, there's one problem: not enough candidates. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Babies of Senators Now Welcome in Senate Chamber

Babies of Senators Now Welcome in Senate Chamber

Who doesn't like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently — at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 8:54 PM

Activist Ja'Mal Green Says He Will Run For Mayor

A community activist announced Wednesday he intends to run for mayor of Chicago. 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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Authors
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 .