<![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-usMon, 24 Apr 2017 08:46:28 -0500Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:46:28 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Wide-Ranging Issues Await Lawmakers' Return to Springfield]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:14:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield+capitol+illinois.png
The Illinois General Assembly - unable to reach a budget deal in more than two years - will make one more try this week.

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<![CDATA[Obama Making 1st Post-Presidency Appearance at U. of Chicago]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:14:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631440478.png
Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first public appearance since leaving the White House on Monday, with plans to hold a conversation at the University of Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:03:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023248623_1200x675_926842947779.jpg
Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin discuss the latest Illinois political headlines in this edition of Deep Dish.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Announces First Post-Presidency Appearance]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:11:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Barack-Obama-presidente-dara-su-ultimo-discurso-en-Chicago.jpg
Former President Barack Obama will come to Chicago Monday to make his first public appearance since leaving the White House. Obama will discuss community organizing and civic engagement at the University...

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<![CDATA[7th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Blago's Sentence]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:49:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-840938632.jpg
Acting with stunning speed, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s latest bid for freedom Friday, virtually guaranteeing he will serve the majority of his 14 year...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Plans to Veto Abortion Protection Bill in Illinois]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:38:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-AP_745939433751.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest position on abortion has critics and supporters reacting as the campaign for governor continues to heat up.

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<![CDATA[Blagojevich Lawyers Ask For New Trial in Latest Appeal]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:19:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blago2.png
Attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich returned to court Tuesday to argue the former Illinois governor's latest appeal, perhaps his final one.]]>
<![CDATA[These Roads Are Slated to Be Repaved This Season in Chicago]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:09:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/repaving+chicago.png
Paving season has kicked off in Chicago and some city residents say it is the first time in years their streets will be getting much needed repairs.]]>
<![CDATA[City Worker Drank on Job, Called Hearing Officer Names: Off.]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:31:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/courtroom+generic+722.jpg
The City of Chicago Inspector General says an unnamed employee of the city Department of Transportation has been fired for drinking on the job, driving a city truck while under the influence, and conducting...]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Embarks on Illinois Tour, Won't Call It Campaigning]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:20:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+bloomingdale.png
Governor Bruce Rauner began a two-day tour through the state of Illinois on Tuesday – but refused to call it a re-election campaign swing.]]>
<![CDATA[Here's Who's Running for Governor of Illinois]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/whos+running+for+illinois+governor.png
<![CDATA[Emanuel, Cubs Note No Tax Dollars in Wrigley Renovations]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:01:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-666956122.png
As the Chicago Cubs celebrate the start of a new baseball season, the team’s owners are quick to point out that the major renovations at Wrigley Field were not done using any taxpayer funding.

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<![CDATA['Maybe I'm Going to Do It': Ex-Top Cop Could Get Political]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:24:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/190*120/168171599%281%29.jpg
Just after Garry McCarthy said he had been encouraged to run for mayor in Chicago, the outspoken former top cop said he might soon get political.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Politicians React to US Missile Strike in Syria]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:30:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/us-missile-strike-syria-airbase.jpg
Illinois polticians respond to the Trump administration's decision to fire a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria in retaliation for the gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians.

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<![CDATA[J.B. Pritzker Announces Run for Illinois Governor]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:55:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jb+pritzker+0406.jpg
The 2018 race for Illinois governor likely will be the most expensive ever.

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<![CDATA[Facing Budget Shortfall, NEIU Cancels Classes for 3 Days]]> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:41:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/northeastern+illinois+univesrity.png
Northeastern Illinois University will cancel classes for three days in April and May in a cost-cutting effort during the state’s budget crisis, the school announced Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Politicians React to Supreme Court Showdown]]> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:19:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/656125616-Supreme-Court-Nominee-Neil-Gorusch.jpg
The big vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is set for Friday. The Republican majority, which doesn't appear to have the full 60 votes needed for confirmation, will likely...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Wants CPS Students to Show Proof of Post-School Plan]]> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:11:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel+high+school+graduates+45.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to require all Chicago Public Schools students to show proof of a post-high school plan in order to graduate, unveiling an ambitious new initiative on Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Ex-Top Cop Says He's Been Encouraged to Run for Mayor]]> Sat, 08 Apr 2017 09:04:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/garry+mccarthy+pensive.jpg
Chicago’s former top cop Garry McCarthy said “a lot of people are encouraging” him to run for mayor of Chicago, but he claims “politics is not in my DNA.”

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<![CDATA[Drake Endorses Chance the Rapper for Chicago Mayor]]> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 05:56:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cahnce+drake.jpg
Add Drake to the list of people who believe Chance the Rapper could run for mayor in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Teachers Will Not Hold 1-Day Strike in May: CTU]]> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:54:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_340795606680.jpg
It appears Chicago Public Schools teachers won't be walking off the job on May Day.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Responds to Trump’s Remarks About Chicago Education]]> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 07:08:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel17.png
President Donald Trump took aim at Chicago once again on Tuesday when he referred to the city's public school system as a "rough situation," a remark that did not sit well with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.]]>
<![CDATA[Bolingbrook Mayor Seeks Reelection in Tight Battle]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 23:11:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/claar+bolingbrook.png
The race for mayor in a Chicago suburb made national headlines leading up to Tuesday’s Election Night, as it was seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump.]]>
<![CDATA[Tuesday Marks Election Day for Suburban Voters]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:23:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/voting+polls+generic.JPG
For suburban voters, Tuesday is Election Day. On the ballot are several heated mayor races as well as school board and park district contests. Mary Ann Ahern reports. ]]>
<![CDATA[Children With Deported Parents Share Their Stories]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:07:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/children+deportation.png
Several Chicago-area children whose parents have been deported gave an emotional plea in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. They say they want Congress, and the world, to understand their hardship.]]>
<![CDATA[Fans Want Chance the Rapper to Run For Chicago Mayor]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:47:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-634984148.png
Fans of Chance the Rapper want the Chicago artist to become the city's next mayor.

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<![CDATA[Valerie Jarrett Reveals Post-White House Plans]]> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:25:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/valerie+jarrett.png
Former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett will not rule out perhaps running for office herself one day.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Prioritizes Flowers and Bike Lanes Over Violence: Ald.]]> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:33:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+violence+labor+day.jpg
Chicago Ald. Leslie Hairston says her latest proposals to provide intervention programs to fight violence have received no support—and squarely blamed Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday with some pointed words.

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper: Chicago Bulls Will Donate $1M to CPS]]> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:40:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chancecheck0331.JPG
Following his commitment to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper on Friday said he plans to make a "major announcement about his efforts to support Chicago Public Schools."
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<![CDATA[Thompson Center Sale Leads to Political Blame Game]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:39:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner5.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner blames Speaker Mike Madigan for the slow sale of the state's Thompson Center--saying the Democrats are stalling--while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blames Rauner. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

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<![CDATA[Duckworth on Gorsuch: 'I Cannot Vote to Confirm Him']]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:36:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630967050.png
Sen. Tammy Duckworth announced Thursday her support for the filibuster of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorusch to the Supreme Court.

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