<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 25 Jun 2017 23:04:40 -0500Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:04:40 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Emanuel Criticizes Rauner for Lack of Leadership]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:20:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel+high+school+graduates+45.png
As Illinois' budget stalemate continues, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invoked President John F. Kennedy as he criticized Governor Bruce Rauner for his leadership as the impasse continues.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Leaders Reverse Course, Meet With Democrats]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:42:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/durkin+radogno.png
GOP and Democratic leaders met on Sunday in Springfield, and House Speaker Mike Madigan made three new demands as the sides negotiated a deal for a budget compromise.

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<![CDATA[Madigan, Durkin Issue Statements on Budget Stalemate]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:39:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jim+durkin+111.png
As the state’s budget impasse continues unabated, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican caucuses in the State House issued statements on the situation Saturday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:10:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_430P_DEEP_DISH.jpg
Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin discuss the latest political headlines around Illinois in this week's edition of Deep Dish.]]>
<![CDATA[Gun Bill Bipartisanship But Far Apart on Budget]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:55:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+gun+bill+reform.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a stronger gun bill that has been repeatedly pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Supt. Eddie Johnson as well as former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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<![CDATA[Chicagoans Tell Trump What's Actually Going On in the City]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:36:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-holds-hands.jpg
President Donald Trump spotlighted Chicago this week, mentioning the city during a speech to supporters in Iowa, but this time, social media responded in a different way.

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<![CDATA[Stalling Special Session Costs Tax Payers $40K Per Day]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:54:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/specialsession0622.jpg
House Speaker Mike Madigan won't meet with Gov. Bruce Rauner in Springfield Thursday, but there is the first sign of budget negotiations happening behind the scenes.
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<![CDATA[Former Pro Wrestler Announces Candidacy For Governor: Report]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:39:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield+capitol+illinois.png
A former professional wrestler is throwing his hat in the ring for the Illinois governor’s race, according to a new report.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Rauner Addresses Illinois Day Before Special Session]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:26:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+ap+pic.jpg
In a rather unusual move, Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to make a personal address to the people of Illinois Tuesday, one day before he called lawmakers to Springfield for a special session.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Skips Republican Fundraiser]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:29:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB6P_PKG_REPUBLICAN_LAWMAKERS_Ahern.jpg
The Illinois Republican party hosted a major fundraiser Monday night in Rosemont, not just with the governor's race on its member's minds, but also raising campaign funds for what may be hotly contested...]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Bobby Rush Endorses Chris Kennedy for Governor]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:45:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kennedy+rush.png
U.S. Rep Bobby Rush endorsed Chris Kennedy for Illinois governor Monday, praising the Democratic candidate’s agenda for “radical change.”
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<![CDATA[Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele Dies]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:56:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/robert_steele_2nd_district.jpg
Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele has died, the county board president said Monday.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Luis Gutierrez Endorses JB Pritzker for Governor]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:46:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pritzker+gutierrez.png
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez endorsed JB Pritzker for Illinois governor on Monday, citing the billionaire businessman’s opposition to President Donald Trump as a major factor in his support.

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<![CDATA[State's Attorney to Stop Prosecuting Minor Driving Offenses]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:09:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kim+foxx.png
As Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx looks to make ends meet in her office, motorists who find themselves in trouble for failing to pay fines and fees could get a break starting this summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Campaign Fires Back After Emanuel's Criticism]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:31:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner+Budget+5-18.png
A day after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for a new campaign ad, the governor’s campaign fired back.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel Blasts Governor Rauner Over New Campaign Ad]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:27:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+rauner.jpg
After Governor Bruce Rauner unveiled a new campaign ad this week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted his political rival for trying to capitalize on the budget stalemate still gripping Springfield.

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<![CDATA[Security on Minds of Lawmakers at Congressional Baseball Game]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:42:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6p_pkg_rodney_davis_Ahern.jpg
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis was the catcher Thursday night for the Republican team and his wife flew in to be there for the big congressional baseball game. Security is certainly on the congressmen's minds.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:38:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Web_-_Deep_Dish.jpg
In Friday's Deep Dish, NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin dig into a steak dinner fundraiser that will honor Governor Bruce Rauner, a new challenger for Rep. Dan Lipinski, and the latest on the...]]>
<![CDATA[Politicians, Citizens React to Trump's New Cuba Policy]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:57:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Trump+Cuba+6-16.png
On the day that President Donald Trump rolled back several new policy stances toward the island of Cuba, people from both sides of the political aisle are reacting to the changes.

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<![CDATA[Where Is Gov. Rauner?]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:55:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner5.png
There has been no public sighting of Gov. Bruce Rauner this week, but his staff says he “was in Illinois this week.”

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<![CDATA[Rauner Calls Lawmakers to Special Session]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:10:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Illinois+Legislature+rauner.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner has called Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session next week.

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<![CDATA[Powerball, Mega Millions Dropping Illinois: Report]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:47:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/powerball1.png
The Multi-State Lottery Association has decided to drop Illinois at the end of the month due to a lack of state budget, according to a report.

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<![CDATA[Ill. Politicians React to Congressional Baseball Shooting]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:03:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-695941758.png
After five people were injured in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, Illinois politicians on both sides of the aisle spoke out against the incident.

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<![CDATA[Ill. Congressman Describes Shooting at Va. Baseball Practice]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:10:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rodney+davis.png
US Rep. Rodney Davis, who represents the 13th Congressional District in Illinois, was among the members of Congress practicing at a Virginia baseball field when shots were fired Wednesday, his spokesperson...
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<![CDATA[Trump to Visit Milwaukee for 'Workforce Development Week']]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:38:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-694264290.png
President Donald Trump will visit Wisconsin for the second time in office on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Cook County Assessor Refutes Property Evaluation Report]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:33:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Joe-Berrios1.jpg
After a Chicago Tribune investigation alleged that mismanagement at the Cook County Assessor's Office has led to inequality in property evaluation and subsequent disparate tax burdens, Assessor Joe Berrios...]]>
<![CDATA[Quigley Introduces 'COVFEFE' Act Aimed at Trump's Twitter]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/quigley+trump+covfefe.png
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley introduced legislation called the 'COVFEFE' Act on Monday, aimed at expanding the scope of what is preserved as presidential record to encompass social media.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Delivers Keynote Speech at People's Summit]]> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 21:33:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-671289182.jpg
In a speech that alternated between a stump speech and deep thoughts on policy, Senator Bernie Sanders delivered the keynote address at the People’s Summit in Chicago on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Bernie Sanders Returns to Chicago]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:37:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_430P_DEEP_DISH.jpg
Bernie Sanders returns to Chicago, President Donald Trump heads to Wisconsin, and JB Pritzker’s intriguing new robocall has NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin humming a classic tune in this...]]>
<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Reveals 'Secret' No One Noticed About Barack]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:40:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/secreto+barack+obama+tuxedo008.jpg
At an appearance at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Michelle Obama talked about her life after the White House. She also made an unusual revelation about former President Barack Obama.

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<![CDATA[Chicago, Illinois Lawmakers React to Comey Testimony]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:34:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Comey_Testifies_on_Capitol_Hill.jpg
Former FBI director James Comey's testimony today captured the attention of the nation--and that includes lawmakers and public officials in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Signs Order Committing Chicago to Paris Accord]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:11:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-679366630.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order formalizing Chicago's commitment to adopt the guidelines of the Paris Agreement on environmental protections Wednesday, an announcement that came as he took part in a...

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<![CDATA[Pritzker Endorsed by Illinois AFL-CIO ]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:12:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pritzkerendorse0606.png
Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois JB Pritzker was endorsed Tuesday by the Illinois American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.]]>
<![CDATA[Judge to Rule on Paying Healthcare Providers During Impasse]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:36:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield.png
U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow is expected to issue a ruling Tuesday on whether the health care bills for Medicaid patients move to the head of the line for payment as the Illinois budget impasse continues.

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