<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:59:39 -0600 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:59:39 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Emanuel Touts Changes Made, Looks Ahead to Next Year]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:36:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mayor+rahm+emanuel.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is further distancing himself from Mayor Richard Daley’s tenure.]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Calls Special Session for Comptroller]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:07:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_gov_pat_quinn.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn has filed for a special session to elect a new Illinois comptroller following the death of Judy Baar Topinka.]]>
<![CDATA[Patterson Bumped From Mayoral Ballot]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:32:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/200275078-001.jpg
It appears Willie Wilson has won his challenge to bump Fenton Patterson off the ballot as a candidate for mayor.

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<![CDATA[Fioretti Accuses Rahm of Taking Credit for Rat Idea]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:27:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/134969853.jpg
Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday for allegedly attempting to take credit for his idea to partner with an Arizona company on a rat control test program in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Rauner: "Famous" Act to Play at Inaugural Bash]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:28:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce-Rauner-victory-1.jpg
Tickets for Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner's Jan. 12 inauguration are free of charge, but entry into a VIP pre-party and concert come with a price.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk Votes Against NRA on Surgeon General Vote]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:14:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Vivek+Murthy.jpg
When the U.S. Senate rubber-stamped President Obama's new surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, on Monday, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was the only Republican in the chamber to lend his support amid NRA-fueled...

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<![CDATA[Commission Reveals Recommendations to Curb Violence]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:41:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/youth-violence-generic.jpg
Mayor earlier this year established the safety commission of religious and community leaders, experts and residents, to focus on ways to curb violence.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Gets Subpoenaed in Ballot Challenge]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:48:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_rahm_emanuel50.jpg
Dr. Willie Wilson, a potential candidate for Chicago mayor who's had his ballot signatures challenged, wants a chance to face his accuser.
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<![CDATA[Senator Kirk Retires from the Navy]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:02:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kirk+retires+from+navy.JPG
Sen. Mark Kirk retired from his position as commander in the Navy Monday afternoon after serving for more than 25 years.

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<![CDATA[Comptroller Appointment on Hold Until After Memorial]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:34:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Judy-Baar-Topinka.jpg
Sources have told NBC Chicago that a number of people have contacted the governor’s office or the governor himself expressing interest in the job.
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<![CDATA[AG: After Appointees, Voters Should Pick Comptroller]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:10:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lisa-Madigan4.jpg
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka leaves essentially two vacancies that should first be filled by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn and then Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner.
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<![CDATA[Rahm Writes $7K Check to City for 2012 Travel Bill]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:52:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mayor+rahm+emanuel.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wrote a check for more than $7,000 to cover the tab from his September 2012 trip to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte after the Chicago Tribune inquired about the travel...]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Takes Credit for Minimum Wage Hike]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:12:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/236*120/tlmd_rahm_emanuel_becas_cps_colegios.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's TV campaign ads show a trend. Rather than making promises, he's relying on Chicagoans to offer testimonials.
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<![CDATA[Rahm's Former Rivals Split on Mayoral Endorsement]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:11:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Gery+Chico+and+Miguel+del+Valle.jpg
Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle, who both ran against Rahm in the 2011 mayoral election, are split on which candidate they will endorse in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Video Puts City Lawsuit Against Park Grill in Jeopardy]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:09:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Park_Grill.jpg
A videotape from a meeting 13 years ago has surfaced, complicating the case between the City of Chicago and Millennium Park's Park Grill restaurant even more.]]>
<![CDATA[Alderman Wants Park to Honor Hadiya Pendleton]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:26:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hadiya-pendleton-full.jpg
Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) has her eyes on the Buckthorn Playlot and wants to redevelop it to honor the slain 15-year-old.
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<![CDATA[Madigan Squashes Request for Topinka Special Election]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:19:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010077402_1200x675_370161731911.jpg
House Speaker Michael Madigan seemingly tossed Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner a bone on Thursday when he blocked his colleagues' efforts to speed up the process of replacing late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
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<![CDATA[Rauner Names Staffers to Incoming Administration]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:13:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_gobernador_illinois.jpg
Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner has appointed two new members of his incoming administration: Jason Barclay as general counsel and Kathy Lydon to lead his Washington office.]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan Nudges Supreme Court on Controversial Pension Case]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:52:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_gavel_shutterstock_120159574.jpg
Eager to get a decision on a significant pension reform law, Attorney General Lisa Madigan successfully nudged Illinois Supreme Court to hurry things up and hold hearings sooner rather than later.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Hillary Finance Guru Applies for MediPot License]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:30:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mainPic.png
Hillary Clinton's former political finance director wants to break into Illinois' budding medical marijuana industry.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk Calls Democrats "Little Zombies"]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:18:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/Mark+Kirk+Near+Death+p1.jpg
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk publicly harangued Democrats involved with the headline-grabbing, devastatingly detailed CIA torture report on Wednesday, calling them "little zombies" out for Republican blood.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Wants Quinn to Appoint Temp. Topinka Replacement]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:18:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_gobernador_illinois.jpg
Hours after news broke that Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had unexpectedly passed away Wednesday, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said he wants Gov. Pat Quinn to appoint Topinka’s Chief of Staff Nancy Kimme...]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Library: Rahm Gives UIC a Boost in Bidding War]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:43:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_rahm_emanuel_chicago.jpg
If you're following the intense bidding war to snap up the Barack Obama's library and museum, then you know that the University of Chicago—where the presidence taught constitutional law—commands the edge.

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<![CDATA[City Council: Taxis, PetCoke & Cardinal George]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:25:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council.jpg
The Chicago City Council meets for the last time this year on Wednesday morning to address a range of legislation from lesser restrictions on taxi drivers to a crackdown on South Side stockpiles of petroleum...]]>
<![CDATA[Who Will Replace Judy Baar Topinka?]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:09:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TLMD-TOPINKA.jpg
Political sources tell NBC Chicago that Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been asked for her legal opinion.
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<![CDATA[Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka Dies at 70]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:20:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/judy+baar+topinka+2014.jpg
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died at the age of 70 from complications from stroke, her office said early Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Politicians, Citizens React to Illinois Comptroller's Death]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:11:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/Judy+Barr+Topinka.jpg
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died early Wednesday after having a stroke a day earlier. She was 70 years old.

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<![CDATA[Former Governor Recalls Topinka "Sewer" Tale]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:50:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010066842_1200x675_369728579543.jpg
Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson said Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka once gave him a personal tour of the Berwyn sewer system.]]>
<![CDATA[House Republican Leader on Topinka Death]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:05:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010065307_1200x675_369699907611.jpg
Illinois State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Lockport) says Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who died early Wednesday, was "refreshingly honest" and a woman who cared "about Illinois and about doing the right...]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel Challenges Willie Wilson's Petitions]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:11:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/Screen+Shot+2014-12-10+at+2.06.46+AM.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is challenging the validity of thousands of opponent Willie Wilson's nominating petitions after the local businessman came up with 43,000 signatures in just five days.]]>
<![CDATA[Cardinal Francis George to Receive Medal of Merit]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:22:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/177*120/tlmd_cardenal_francis_george1.jpg
Mayor Emanuel will give Cardinal Francis George the Chicago Medal of Merit at Wednesday's City Council meeting, NBC 5 has learned.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Should Diana Rauner Step Down From Her Nonprofit Job?]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:55:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009394522_1200x675_347547715977.jpg
As Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner prepares to assume office in mid-January, concerns are being raised over a potential conflict of interest involving his wife, Diana, and her job at a nonprofit partly dependent...]]>
<![CDATA[Ward Room's Best Political Tweets of 2014]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:30:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/186107455.jpg
As 2014 comes to a close, a new Republican governor prepares to take office and a Democratic mayor launches a high-stakes re-election campaign and Twitter is more important than ever as a way to connect...

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<![CDATA[Obama Movie to Be Filmed in Chicago]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:52:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_thumb_obama_kissing.jpg
President Obama's courtship of wife Michelle when both were young and living in Chicago is the inspiration for a new film, Southside With You, set to film in Chicago this July.

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<![CDATA[Obama Library: University of Chicago Doesn't Want to Seem Snobby]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:29:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/University+of+Chicago+Campus+p1.jpg
Given its reputation as a cloistered brain magnet, the esteemed private Hyde Park institution (tuition: $48,253 per year) wants to cast off the so-called snob label in its promising bid to win President Obama's...]]>
<![CDATA[Local Businessman Announces Run for Chicago Mayor]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:20:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010041707_1200x675_368883779997.jpg
Chicago's race for Mayor gets another candidate-- Dr. Willie Wilson. The local businessmen announced his candidacy Monday. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Aldermen Seek Chokehold Ban]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:33:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/459980686.jpg
Four of Chicago's aldermen want the city's Municipal Code crystal clear that the city's officers should never use chokeholds when subduing people.

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<![CDATA[Roskam Lands High-Profile House Post After Losing Majority Whip]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:52:53 -0600 Peter Roskam
6th Congressional District
Peter Roskam
6th Congressional District

After Peter Roskam lost his campaign for majority whip, Republicans rewarded the Illinois congressman with a new, high-profile job as chair of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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<![CDATA[Rauner: Obama And I Share Mutual (Powerful) Pals]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:51:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/195*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_noche_elecciones.jpg
Illinois Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner says he and President Obama run in the same social circles.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Targets Black Voters in 'Food Desert' Campaign Ad]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:42:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/222*120/Rahm+Whole+Foods+p1.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign has released a third ad aimed squarely at black voters on Chicago's South Side.
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<![CDATA[Rahm Talks of "New Chicago" In Re-election Announcement]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 15:04:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+campaign+announcement.jpg
Rahm officially kicked off his re-election campaign at Cinespace in North Lawndale Saturday, promising a "new Chicago."

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<![CDATA[Rahm Launches Re-Election Campaign]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 10:24:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/236*120/tlmd_rahm_emanuel_becas_cps_colegios.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes his re-election run official on Saturday with a big campaign announcement.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Visits the White House]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:59:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_gobernador_illinois.jpg
Rauner is one of seven newly elected governors in Washington these past two days. The presidential briefing focused on education, transportation and the Affordable Care Act.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Rep. Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:39:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Keith_farnham_court.jpg
Former state Rep. Keith Farnham faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison.]]>