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Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 at 12:31 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

A Look at the Candidates Running for Ill. Attorney General

These are the 10 candidates - eight Democrats and two Republicans - who have filed to run for Illinois attorney general.View gallery »

  • State Rep. Scott Drury (D)
  • COPA Chief Sharon Fairley (D)
  • Aaron Goldstein (D)
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 3:05 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner Uses Harold Washington to Attack Quinn

Republican gubernatorial candidate runs ad with Chicago's first black mayor criticizing Quinn 27 years ago. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Is Rahm Emanuel "Chicago" enough? Still spry at 90 years old, Ed Kelly -- the former Chicago Park District Superintendent -- answers in the negative, not holding back when asked about the embattled mayor during... Read »

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 3:04 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Ex-Miss America Appears on "Meet the Press"

Republican congressional candidate and former Miss America Erika Harold appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday for a political roundtable. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Quotes "Caddyshack" in Harold Ramis Tribute

President Barack Obama has added his condolences to a long list of tributes from celebrities and fans mourning the loss of Chicago-based writer, director and actor Harold Ramis. Read »

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: I Remember Harold

Opinion: I Remember Harold

On that day, I just wanted to be near the place where I thought something—anything—might be happening. Read »

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Miss Americas in Politics

Miss Americas in Politics

Erika Harold is the only the latest Miss America contestant to get into politics. Few of her fellow beauty queens have been successful. Read »

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Mayor Washington Influenced Barack Obama

How Mayor Washington Influenced Barack Obama

Harold Washington, who died 25 years ago Sunday, wasn’t Chicago’s greatest mayor, or its most powerful. Those honors go, respectively, to Carter Harrison Sr. and Richard J. Daley. But he was the mayor who played Read »

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How Obama's Re-Election Campaign Is Like Harold Washington's

How Obama's Re-Election Campaign Is Like Harold Washington's

A reporter for WNYC radio looks back 25 for lessons on how President Obama can win a second term. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Chicago Reader's Biggest Story

The Chicago Reader's Biggest Story

As the Chicago Reader faces yet another ownership change, let's remember 1983, when a Reader cover story helped Harold Washington win a close mayoral election. 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 .