<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usThu, 27 Oct 2016 08:18:37 -0500Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:18:37 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Campaign Round-Up: Kirk Hits Duckworth on Work at VA]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:06:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kirk+duckworth+illinois.png
Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up is a weekly column dedicated to keeping you in the know about the upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued coverage.

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<![CDATA[Ward Room's Election Day Cheat Sheet]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:40:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524444252-voting-booths.jpg
Ward Room's Election Day Cheat Sheet is a special column dedicated to informing voters about candidates in the lead-up to the November 8 general election.

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<![CDATA[Joe Walsh: ‘If Trump Loses, I’m Grabbing My Musket’]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:54:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/joe+walsh+trump+tweet.png
Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he plans to take up arms if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump loses on Election Day.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Duckworth Casts Early Ballot in Chicago]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:57:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy+Duckworth1.png
Rep. Tammy Duckworth cast an early ballot for the November election Wednesday in Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Cook County Board of Commissioners Increases Minimum Wage]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:35:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/20160621+money+coins+minimum+wage.jpg
Cook County will soon join Chicago in increasing its minimum wage to $13 an hour.]]>
<![CDATA[Krishnamoorthi Vows to Fight for Middle Class in Congress]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:05:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/raja+krishnamoorthi+visits+duckworth+headquarters.jpg
In an exclusive Ward Room interview Tuesday, Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Democratic candidate running for the 8th Congressional District House seat currently held by Rep. Tammy Duckworth, positioned himself as...]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Committee Votes to Remove Trump Street Sign]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:42:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump+plaza+sign+1005.png
A Chicago City Council committee unanimously voted Tuesday to remove a street sign honoring Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s downtown skyscraper as a response to the divisive billionaire's...]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Cory Booker Campaigns for Rep. Duckworth in Chicago]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:13:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-159551978.jpg
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker visited Chicago Tuesday to attend a pair of events for Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate campaign. In an exclusive interview with Ward Room Tuesday morning, Booker championed Duckworth’s...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Offers World Series Wager to Ohio Gov. John Kasich]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:35:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+rauner+GettyImages-479359853.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner offered Ohio Gov. John Kasich a “friendly wager” on the upcoming World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.

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<![CDATA[Race to Watch: 6th Congressional District]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:46:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Florida-registro-de-votantes-elecciones-presidenciales-2016.jpg
In the race for Illinois' 6th Congressional District House seat, Democratic newcomer Amanda Howland looks to knock off Republican incumbent Peter Roskam.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Withdraw World Series Ticket Offer for Aldermen: Report]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:51:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs-ganan-a-dodgers-fans-celebran.jpg
The Chicago Cubs withdrew their offer to sell face-value World Series tickets to Chicago aldermen after a city ethics board ethics board ruled that the offer could violate a ban on elected city officials...

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<![CDATA[Expanded Early Voting Kicks Off Monday in Chicago, Suburbs]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:20:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16272734372935_vote_here.jpg
Early voting for the Nov. 8 election was expanded Monday throughout Chicago and the city’s neighboring suburbs.

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<![CDATA[Obama Endorses Rep. Bustos’ Re-Election Bid]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:36:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+in+nevada+campaign.jpg
President Barack Obama endorsed Rep. Cheri Bustos’ re-election bid in Illinois 17th Congressional District Monday.

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<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Top Political Stories of the Week]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:07:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000020243482_1200x675_791188547666.jpg
Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin dish about this week's top political stories.]]>
<![CDATA['Nasty Woman’ Comment Struck Personal Note with Bustos]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:16:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cheribustos1.jpg
Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat running for re-election in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, told Ward Room Thursday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump calling his opponent, Democrat Hillary...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Protest Remarks Made at Presidential Debate]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:38:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000020202639_1200x675_789702211705.jpg
Among the attacks and accusations Wednesday night, Chicago was mentioned several times as Donald Trump leveled accusations against Hillary Clinton. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Carol Marin Fact Checks Candidates After Final Presidential Debate]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:11:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000020202595_1200x675_789679171800.jpg
NBC 5's Political Editor Carol Marin fact checks the claims and accusations of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton after the third and final presidential debate this election year,]]>
<![CDATA[Campaign Round-Up: Dems. Envision Rauner, Trump at ‘Dinner']]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:09:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-AP_745939433751.jpg
Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up is a weekly column dedicated to keeping you in the know about the upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued coverage.

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<![CDATA[Trump to Supporters: Watch Polls in Chicago on Election Day]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:26:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509216262_low.jpg
During a really Tuesday in western Colorado, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump urged supporters to monitor polling places in Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis for voter fraud on Election Day...

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<![CDATA[Mitt Romney Campaigning in Chicagoland for Kirk, Dold]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:18:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/romney-critica-trump.jpg
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is in Chicago Wednesday to attend a pair of campaign events for Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Bob Dold.

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<![CDATA[David Letterman Headlined Event for Rep. Duckworth Tuesday]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:16:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_david_letterman_se_retira_late_show.jpg
Former “Late Show” host David Letterman was in Chicago Tuesday to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate campaign.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Bobby Rush to Revisit Black Panther History This Week]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:13:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobbyrushgetty.jpg
Rep. Bobby Rush, who co-founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, is scheduled to take part in a special program at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Wednesday to commemorate the 50th...]]>
<![CDATA[New Brad Schneider Ad Features President Obama]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:05:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama9.png
President Barack Obama appeared in a new campaign ad for Democrat Brad Schneider, who’s locked in a tight race for Illinois’ 10th Congressional District House seat with Republican incumbent Bob Dold.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Dold Talks Trump, Nat'l Security in Exclusive interview]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:25:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/182*120/bobdold.jpg
Rep. Bob Dold is locked in a tight race with Democrat Brad Schneider, who the congressman unseated in 2014. In an exclusive interview with Ward Room Thursday, Dold touched on the November election, Republican...

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<![CDATA[Daily Herald Endorses Sen. Kirk’s Re-election Bid]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:57:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/markkirk4.jpg
The Daily Herald endorsed Sen. Mark Kirk’s reelection bid this weekend, lauding the Republican incumbent for his recovery from a devastating 2012 stroke.

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<![CDATA[Madigan Responds to 'Million-Dollar Mike' Attacks, Trump]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:46:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000020132312_1200x675_786504259622.jpg
Speaker of the House Mike Madigan responds to a slew of negative campaign ads--many funded by Gov. Bruce Rauner. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump's Honorary Chicago Street Sign Reported Stolen: Police]]> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 04:44:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump+plaza+sign+1005.png
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s honorary Chicago street sign was reported stolen, Chicago police confirmed Friday.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: This Week's Top Political Stories]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:51:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000020130221_1200x675_786347587902.jpg
Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern dish about the top political stories in and around Chicago this week.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Moving to Fairgrounds During Exec. Mansion Renovation]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:55:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+rauner+GettyImages-479359853.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner is packing his things and leaving the Illinois Executive Mansion.

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<![CDATA[Report: Emanuel Budget Includes Pay Raises for Mayor’s Staff]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:39:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-502932408+%281%29.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2017 budget includes a new, $112,000-a-year assistant to the mayor and pay raises up to 30 percent for current members of Emanuel’s staff, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Sun-Times Endorses Duckworth's U.S. Senate Bid]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:01:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+GettyImages-186385453.jpg
The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board endorsed Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s bid to unseat incumbent Republican Mark Kirk in the U.S. Senate Friday. The news comes just hours after the Chicago Tribune editorial...]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Tribune Endorses Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:39:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+tribune1.png
In a bit of a twist, the traditionally right-leaning Chicago Tribune editorial board has endorsed Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth in her bid unseat incumbent Republican Mark Kirk in the U.S. Senate.]]>
<![CDATA[James Doe's Quest for Hastert Hush-Money Returns to Court]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:44:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert+Update.png
James Doe's quest for the rest of his allegedly promised hush-money from former House Speaker Dennis Hastert could face a major decision in court Friday.

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers 'Get Out The Vote' In Front of Trump Tower]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:39:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump+plaza+sign+1005.png
Chicago Democratic lawmakers took their “Get out the Vote” campaign to Trump Tower Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Debate Star Ken Bone Backs Cubs' World Series Bid]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:52:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ken-Bone_debate.jpg
Kenneth Bone, who became an instant meme after Sunday’s second presidential debate, is backing the Chicago Cubs in the postseason, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

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<![CDATA[Schakowsky, Durbin Push to Pass 'Fair Drug Pricing Act']]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:51:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Sen. Dick Durbin on Thursday continued a push to pass proposed legislation aimed at combating skyrocketing prescription drug costs following nationwide concerns over the increase in...

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<![CDATA[Race to Watch: 10th Congressional District]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:36:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/175*120/election-16-GettyImages-524459390.jpg
In the race for incumbent Rep. Bob Dold’s 10th Congressional District House seat, Democratic challenger Brad Schneider looks to once again unseat the Republican congressman.

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper Song Inspires Tim Kaine's New Nickname]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:32:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AP_16279861570893.jpg
Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, appeared on North Carolina’s Power 98 FM Wednesday touting a new nickname just as the station finished playing Chicagoan Chance the Rapper’s hit song “No...

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<![CDATA[WikiLeaks Controversy Ensnares Illinois Politicians]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:48:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+GettyImages-505859832.png
A cache of hacked messages from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman includes correspondence with some prominent Illinois politicians, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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<![CDATA[Roskam Flip-Flops, Then Flips Back to Backing Trump]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:19:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/peter+roskam+GettyImages-493783194.png
In an interesting turn of events this past week, Rep. Peter Roskam publicly backed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, then claimed he was undecided about the race and ultimately returned to backing...

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<![CDATA['Sweetened Beverage Tax' Proposed in Cook County]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:17:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/0610-2015-Soda.jpg
Soda lovers and energy drink consumers may soon be paying extra for their sweetened beverages under a proposed tax in Cook County.]]>
<![CDATA[Leaked Clinton Campaign Email Cites Kirk Quote on Iran Deal]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:59:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/trump-rechazo-16.jpg
A leaked email from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign Chairman John Podesta referenced a 2015 BuzzFeed article in which Sen. Mark Kirk predicted nuclear war in the Middle East in...

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<![CDATA[Campaign Round-Up: Munger Hits Mendoza On Madigan Ties]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:32:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Florida-registro-de-votantes-elecciones-presidenciales-2016.jpg
Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up is a weekly column dedicated to keeping you in the know about the upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued coverage every Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Ad Attempts to Link Rauner to Incendiary Trump Comments]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:13:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-audio-comprometedor.jpg
A new political action committee, Leading Illinois for Tomorrow, released television and digital ads Tuesday that look to tie Gov. Bruce Rauner to Republican presidential nominee.

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<![CDATA[Sources: Teachers' Contract Includes Retirement Incentive]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:29:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-182601321.jpg
While all of the details have not yet been released of the new contract tentatively agreed to by the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools – NBC 5 has learned the city is offering an incentive...

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<![CDATA[Kirk Calls on Trump to Drop Out of Presidential Race]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:07:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mark+kirk+GettyImages-509203566.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk called on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to drop out of the race Monday following the release of a “hot mic” interview from 2005 that found the billionaire using vulgar, sexually...

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<![CDATA[Kirk and Duckworth Trade Insults in New Ads]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:44:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kirk+duckworth+illinois.png
Sen. Mark Kirk released a campaign ad Monday that calls Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s work at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs “shameful.” This comes only a few weeks after Duckworth released an ad...

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