<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usFri, 01 Jul 2016 23:24:13 -0500Fri, 01 Jul 2016 23:24:13 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Illinois Lottery Can Pay Winners Under Stopgap Compromise]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:01:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sorteo-de-la-loteria-powerball-acumulado-record-numeros-ganadores-del-powerball-premio-powerball-364861401.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a stopgap budget compromise Thursday that gives the Illinois Lottery the legal authority to continue paying winners.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Police Brace for Potentially Violent Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/eddie+johnson+4th+ofj+uly.png
On the same day Chicago police revealed the city's violence has reached an "unacceptable level," authorities are bracing for what could be another violent holiday weekend.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Budget Battle Sees Relief, but No End in Sight]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:14:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018531705_1200x675_717032515700.jpg
Carol Marin has the latest on this week's top political stories.]]>
<![CDATA[Minimum Wage Went Up for Chicago Workers Friday]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:15:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-51820734.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago’s minimum wage has increased to $10.50 an hour Friday.

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<![CDATA[Chicago's Tobacco-Buying Age Increases Friday]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:07:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-image.jpg
The minimum age to buy cigarettes in Chicago jumps from 18 to 21 Friday. An ordinance to increase the city’s tobacco-buying age was approved by Chicago’s City Council in March.

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<![CDATA[Trump Has a 3 Percent Chance in Illinois: Report]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:51:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-muslim-ban.jpg
According to a new report, the divisive billionaire only has a 3 percent chance of winning Illinois in November.

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<![CDATA[Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:06:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-468209962.jpg
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is "in play" as a possible contender to be named Donald Trump's running mate at next month's GOP convention, sources familiar with the vice presidential search tell NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Signs Stopgap Budget Compromise]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:07:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/budget+summit+rauner.jpg
The Illinois General Assembly approved a temporary budget compromise Thursday that will ensure schools open this fall and state services continue through the end of the year. The bills now await approval...]]>
<![CDATA[Reporter Plans to Cut Budget Beard Stopgap Funding Passed]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:01:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kaegard1.png
The reporter who vowed not to shave his beard until a budget deal is reached in Springfield has decided to chop off the facial hair if lawmakers approve a stopgap funding compromise Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Budget Negotiations Continue in Springfield]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:09:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018500240_1200x675_716026435975.jpg
Lawmakers continue to negotiate during a special legislative session in Springfield as the state approaches one year with no budget.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois' Budget Impasse Gets 'Daily Show' Treatment]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:53:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_686400904508.jpg
Illinois’ ongoing budget battle may have no clear end in sight, but that didn’t stop “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” from taking on the crisis in the latest installment of “Jordan Klepper’s Happy Endings.”

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<![CDATA[Rauner, Lawmakers Reach Tentative Stopgap Funding Deal]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:08:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
Lawmakers will return to Springfield Thursday to potentially vote on a compromise that would keep the state government running for the next six months and fund schools for the upcoming fiscal year.]]>
<![CDATA[Ditka Says He Hasn't 'Made Up His Mind' About GOP Convention]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ditka-GettyImages-463267934.jpg
Despite reports that Mike Ditka will be at the Republican National Convention among other sports icons next month, Da Coach says he has not yet accepted the invitation from Da Donald.

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<![CDATA['Enough': Front Page Editorials Urge End to Budget Impasse]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:49:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-AP_745939433751.jpg
A handful of Illinois newspapers printed front page editorial urging lawmakers to pass a budget Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know as Lawmakers Return to Springfield]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:32:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-84224377.jpg
Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield Wednesday for a special legislative session that could have big impacts on the state's ongoing budget crisis.]]>
<![CDATA[House Democrats to Rally for Gun Control]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:20:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16165662794920.jpg
Illinois Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives will join a "national day of action” Wednesday in Chicago to demonstrate for gun control.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Introduces Funding Plan Without CPS ‘Bailout’]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:43:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+rauner+getty+2.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner released details about his revamped stopgap funding plan for education and other essential government services Tuesday, but the plan doesn’t include the substantial funding increase for Chicago...

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<![CDATA[Candy Store's Trump-Inspired Pinata Stirs Attention]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump+pinata+back.jpg
A Mexican candy store chain in Chicago is selling a new pinata inspired by the upcoming election and it bears a striking resemblance to a certain presidential candidate.

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<![CDATA[Rauner: Dems Holding Up Education Funding for CPS 'Bailout']]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:08:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner12.jpg
During a Statehouse news conference Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner claimed Democratic leaders were holding up the state’s education budget for a bailout of Chicago Public Schools.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Visit Draws Star Power, Deep-Pocketed Donors]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:17:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clinton+plan+trump.jpg
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's Monday trip to Chicago is drawing star power and deep-pocketed donors as the race for the White House kicks into high gear.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk Pushes for Gun Control in New Op-Ed]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:12:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/markkirk4.jpg
In the wake of the deadly mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub earlier this month, Sen. Mark Kirk penned an op-ed for the Daily Herald Sunday pushing Congress to pass new gun control legislation.]]>
<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Chicago Monday]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:04:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hillary+Clinton2.png
Hillary Clinton will campaign in Chicago Monday as her poll numbers surge.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Visits the Midwest, Chicago]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:26:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clinton+GettyImages-542155470.jpg
The Midwest is front and center for Hillary Clinton's campaign over the next two days. Clinton is speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis Sunday afternoon, her first visit to Indiana...

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<![CDATA[Governor Rauner Tours Tornado Damage in Pontiac]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018418336_1200x675_712451651969.jpg
Governor Rauner went to Pontiac, Illinois, on Friday to survey the damage of a dangerous EF-2 tornado that tore through the town Wednesday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Mayor Emanuel Talks Fancy Footwork]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:56:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018418045_1200x675_712435779797.jpg
Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin report on the week's biggest political stories.]]>
<![CDATA[Duckworth Settles Workplace Retaliation Lawsuit]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:41:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tammy+duckworth+getty.jpg
A lawsuit filed against Rep. Tammy Duckworth was settled Friday, just over a month before the case, stemming from her time as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, was set to go to...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Short on Details During Deposition About Cops: Report]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:35:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel10.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was deposed Friday as part of a lawsuit filed by eight Chicago police officers who claim they were dropped from the mayor’s security detail for political reasons after he took office in 2011.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Lawmakers Push Bipartisan Gun Control Compromise]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:51:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HOUSE_DEM_AP_16175088225937.jpg
A group of Illinois House Democrats came out Friday in support of bipartisan legislation to reduce gun violence.

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<![CDATA[Lucas Museum Withdraws From Chicago]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:49:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lucas+Museum.png
The head of the Chicago Park District says demands from a group suing to block "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas from building his museum on Chicago's lakefront are "outrageous."

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<![CDATA[Rauner Won't Agree to Budget Deal With CPS 'Bailout']]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:11:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+rahm+0527.jpg
With time running out before the July 1 deadline to pass a budget, the Illinois House and Senate will return to Springfield next week, with a vote likely to take place on a stop-gap measure to pay the...]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Urges Emanuel to Sign Term-Limit Petition: Report]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:31:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/patquinn123.jpg
Former Gov. Pat Quinn urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to sign a petition Wednesday that looks to impose term limits on the mayor, the Chicago Tribune reports.]]>
<![CDATA[New Kirk Ad Distances Senator from GOP, Trump]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:32:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP152309323941.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign released a new TV advertisement Thursday that frames the senator as “bipartisan” and “independent" on a series of issues.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Democrats Join House Sit-In for Gun Control]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:19:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HOUSE_DEM_AP_16175088225937.jpg
Illinois Democrats joined a protest in the chamber of the House of Representatives Wednesday to demand a vote on gun control measures.

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<![CDATA[Sick Days, Wrigley Plaza: What City Council Did Wednesday]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/city+hall+GettyImages-500588420.jpg
Chicago City Council approved a variety of measures Wednesday, including regulations on the house-sharing and ride-sharing industries and new rules for the Wrigley Field plaza.]]>
<![CDATA[CTU Rallies for Long-Term Funding Solution]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:48:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/218*120/ctu+protest+6-22.png
The Chicago Teachers Union demonstrated downtown Wednesday demanding a long-term funding solution for public education.]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Approves New Rules for Airbnb]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:56:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AIRBNB5.jpg
After months of debate, Chicago City Council approved a series of regulations for house-sharing services, like Airbnb.]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Approves Watered-Down Rideshare Regulations]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:50:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/UberPassport-Uber-lanza-servicio-para-cruzar-frontera-entre-San-Diego-y-Tijuana.jpg
Following a rousing debate, Chicago's City Council approved a watered-down ordinance Wednesday to regulate the rideshare industry in the city.]]>
<![CDATA[Ex-Speaker Hastert Reports to Prison in Minnesota]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:35:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/hastert+arrives+at+prison.png
Wearing a black shirt, camouflage pants, and the worried look of a man whose life is about to change in ways he could never have imagined, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert surrendered Wednesday to the Federal...

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<![CDATA[City Council Committee Approves Wrigley Plaza Ordinance]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:59:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wrigley+field+bleachers+0506.jpg
An ordinance regulating the proposed plaza next to Wrigley Field was approved by the Chicago City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Lawmakers Support Declaration of Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:55:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gun+violence+chicago.png
City lawmakers and health officials are joining in the call to lift a ban on researching gun violence after the American Medical Association declared it a public health crisis. Regina Waldroup reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Gov. Rauner Says He Will Run Again]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:58:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner.png
With no state budget in place and the new fiscal year just 10 days away, Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing for a stopgap spending bill, but Democrats are not budging. NBC 5’s political reporter Mary Ann Ahern...

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<![CDATA[Pfleger: Illinois Should Declare a State of Emergency]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:43:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/father-pfleger-preaching.jpg
Father Michael Pfleger, the outspoken pastor at St. Sabina’s church in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, called on the State of Illinois to declare a State of Emergency during an appearance at the City Club...

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<![CDATA[Ex-Speaker Hastert to Report to Prison This Week]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:09:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert2.png
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is enjoying his last 48 hours of freedom.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Calls for Lawmakers to Return to Springfield]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:38:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-AP_745939433751.jpg
In an unusual one-on-one interview as part of the latest media blitz by Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Republican governor said he is trying to convince lawmakers to return to Springfield to pass a stop gap budget just...

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<![CDATA[Rideshare Ordinance Modified Ahead of City Council Vote ]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:03:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Uber+Fare.PNG
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, looking for a compromise, proposed and received an agreement to postpone City Council's vote this week on stricter rules for companies including Uber and Lyft.]]>