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Monday, Jan 22, 2018 at 7:57 PM
NBC 5 First Televised 2018 Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

NBC 5 First Televised 2018 Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

On the eve of the first televised democratic candidate debate for for Illinois governor, much of the focus remains on property taxes and whether the current system is fair. NBC 5's political reporter Mary... Watch »

Monday, Jan 22, 2018 at 5:32 PM
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By Brendan Pedersen

Illinois Politicians React to the Federal Shutdown

The federal government was on track to be reopened Monday after Senate Republicans and Democrats came to an agreement to end a filibuster. Here’s a look at what some of Illinois' congressional...View gallery »

  • Senator Dick Durbin (D - IL)
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D - IL)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D - 1st District)
Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at 1:56 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Here's Who's Running for Governor of Illinois

As the race for Illinois governor continues to heat up, take a look at the candidates vying for the job.View gallery »

  • Bruce Rauner (R)
  • Jeanne Ives (R)
  • Daniel Biss (D)
Monday, Jan 22, 2018 at 2:22 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

10 Races to Watch in Illinois Politics This Year

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  • Democratic Primary for Governor
  • Republican Primary for Governor
  • Illinois Governor
Sunday, Jan 21, 2018 at 9:45 PM

Safe Passage Program to Add 14 More Schools

Safe Passage Program to Add 14 More Schools

Students from 14 more Chicago Public Schools will now benefit from the Safe Passage program designed to keep kids safe on their way to and from school. Read »

Sunday, Jan 21, 2018 at 6:55 PM

Duckworth Slams Trump as '5-Deferment Draft Dodger'

Sen. Tammy Duckworth slammed President Donald Trump over the federal government shutdown on Saturday, calling him a "five-deferment draft dodger" in a fiery speech on the U.S. Senate floor. Read »

Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at 2:02 PM
Lisa Madigan: 'This is What Democracy Looks Like'

Lisa Madigan: 'This is What Democracy Looks Like'

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan speaks at the second annual Women's March in Chicago, dubbed this year as a March to the Polls.  Watch »

Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at 1:52 PM
Kim Foxx at Women's March: 'Let's Get in Formation'

Kim Foxx at Women's March: 'Let's Get in Formation'

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx delivers a speech at the Women's March in Chicago.  Watch »

Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at 12:44 PM
Preckwinkle Delivers Passionate Speech at Women's March

Preckwinkle Delivers Passionate Speech at Women's March

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks at the second annual Women's March in Chicago Saturday.  Watch »

Friday, Jan 19, 2018 at 10:34 PM
Deep Dish: The Latest Illinois Political Headlines

Deep Dish: The Latest Illinois Political Headlines

NBC 5's Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern report on the latest political headlines out of Illinois in this week's Deep Dish. Watch »

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 .