<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:43:00 -0600 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:43:00 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mayoral Candidates Solidify Positions in Second Debate]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:05:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/232*120/chicago+sun+times+debate.jpg
The candidates for mayor returned to familiar territory in the second debate of the campaign season when they argued their positions in front of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board Friday.]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel Racks up More Red Light Tickets]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:21:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/109198735.jpg
The City of Chicago rakes in millions from its red light cameras, and once again, some of that revenue is coming from the Mayor himself.

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<![CDATA[Poll Shows Rahm Leading, in Danger of Runoff]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:26:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+tribune+poll.jpg
A Chicago Tribune poll shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel with 42 percent of the vote, which gives him a significant lead over the other candidates but is not enough to avoid a runoff election.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Medical Marijuana Market Worth $36 Million in 2016]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/91997111.jpg
A market research group tells investors to expect the 2015 Illinois market to be worth $5.7 million because of delays. The report from ArcView Market Research sees the market expanding to $36 million in 2016 as...]]>
<![CDATA[Mayoral Candidates Vie for Endorsement]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:31:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/220*120/mayors+tribune.jpg
A group of mayoral challengers took aim at incumbent Rahm Emanuel Tuesday morning during an endorsement session at The Chicago Tribune.]]>
<![CDATA[City Publishes "Problem Landlords" List]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:17:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PHI+for+rent+sign+072011.jpg
The list, compiled by the Department of Buildings, will be updated twice each year.

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<![CDATA[Mayor's Race Heats Up As Election Nears]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:45:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
Mayoral candidates are taking things up a notch as the February election nears.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Endorses Emanuel in Radio Ad ]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:41:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+obama.jpg
President Obama has endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a radio advertisement that is set to air beginning Monday.

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<![CDATA[Willie Wilson Debuts New Radio Ad]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:42:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Willie+Wilson.jpg
Advertising is about getting someone’s attention, and that’s certainly what mayoral candidate Willie Wilson’s new radio ad does.
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<![CDATA[United Working Families Backs Garcia For Mayor]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:02:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/garcia-united-working-famil.jpg
A Chicago group that's adopted strategies of the national organization which helped Bill de Blasio become mayor of New York City has put its muscle behind an effort to oust Rahm Emanuel.

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<![CDATA[Rauner's Motorcade Hit in Crash: State Police]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:46:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ILLINOIS_INAUGURATION_2_AP657471973521.jpg
Governor Bruce Rauner’s motorcade was involved in a four-vehicle crash in downtown Chicago Wednesday, according to Illinois State Police.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Delivers Public Safety Address]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:00:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mayor+rahm+emanuel.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday promised to hire more police officers and announced plans to begin a pilot program where some officers will wear body cameras as he detailed his plans to fight crime.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner, Emanuel: A New-Found Bipartisan Partnership?]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:42:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010648767_1200x675_386333251690.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner have shared the stage 3 times in the short time Rauner has taken office. NBC 5's political reporter Mary Ann Ahern reports on the appearance of partnership.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner, Rahm Team Up for MLK Day]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:23:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/220*120/rahm+rauner+mlk.jpg
Governor Bruce Rauner spent his first week in office in Springfield, but made his way back to Chicago this week for Martin Luther King Day where he participated in service projects alongside Chicago Mayor...]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Duckworth Invites College Student to State of Union Address]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:17:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tammy+duckworth+2014.jpg
Illinois congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has invited Illinois community college student Homira Wardak to be her guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesday to show her support for the president's recent...

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<![CDATA[Sierra Club Endorses Rahm Emanuel for Re-Election]]> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:13:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rahm-Emanuel-Sierra-Club.jpg
The Chicago chapter of the environmental organization endorsed Rahm Emanual at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Sunday, touting his "Sustainable Chicago" plan.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Rescinds Quinn's Executive Orders]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:12:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd-bruce-rauner2014-Resumen-2014.jpg
Rauner signed executive order 15-11 and rescinded a number of executive orders signed by Pat Quinn during his final weeks in office.]]>
<![CDATA[Red Light Camera Opponents Call For Clarity From Chuy ]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:22:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/tlmd-jesus-chuy-garcia.jpg
If he’s elected mayor, does Jesus “Chuy” Garcia want to abolish the city’s controversial red light program or not?]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Congressional Delegation's Millionare Club Members Revealed]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:52:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/458348868.jpg
Six of Illinois' seats in the U.S. House and Senate are filled by members of the millionaire's club, representing about a third of the state's delegation in D.C., a new report from the Center for Responsive...

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Pair of Longtime Aldermen Face Ethics Questions Before Election Day]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:31:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council.jpg
Two veteran Chicago City Council members are facing questions over potential ethics violations in the run up to the February 24th city-wide elections.]]>
<![CDATA[Lewis Laments She Can't Run for Mayor]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:40:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/karen-lewis5.jpg
"I really wanted to do this. ... It was something that I thought about, that I had worked it out with my family," CTU boss says at MLK breakfast.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Talks Economic Agenda]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:50:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/228*120/rahm+method+plant.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned his re-election campaign’s focus to jobs and the city’s economic growth.]]>
<![CDATA[Ditka Slams Rahm, Contributes to Fioretti Campaign]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:00:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/460520356.jpg
If Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was a quarterback under Mike Ditka, he’d probably be riding the bench next season.

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<![CDATA[Obama Library Debate to Continue at Park District Hearing]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:29:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP116168739397.jpg
The University of Chicago's proposal for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum in Washington and Jackson Parks has sparked debate among South Side residents and park land proponents. The debate may come to a

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Wilson’s Money Bomb Shouldn’t Buy Any Credibility]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:59:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Willie+Wilson.jpg
With just six weeks left to go before the election, it’s hard to see what Willie Wilson has done to justify becoming a leading figure in the race for Chicago’s next mayor.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Makes Changes on First Day in Office]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:02:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner.jpg
Security teams were busy at the governor's office in Springfield as the executive branch got to work on its first full day.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner on Medical Marijuana: "I'm Concerned About the Process"]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:32:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/91997111.jpg
A day after outgoing governor Pat Quinn tossed the medical marijuana hot potato to his successor Bruce Rauner, the new governor gave only the vaguest description of how he plans to proceed with the program.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Announces STEM Partnership for CPS School]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:12:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mayor+rahm+emanuel.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a partnership Tuesday between the Illinois Institute of Technology, Exelon Corporation and a Chicago Public School.]]>
<![CDATA[Governor's Office Gets Swept For Eavesdropping Bugs]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:28:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gov-sec-sweep.jpg
Security teams were busy at the governor's office in Springfield as the executive branch got to work on its first full day. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Daley Won't Speak at College Following Health Concerns]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:27:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010547604_1200x675_383392835967.jpg
Daley was reported to be set to take the stage at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., as a guest speaker on Jan. 14 for the college's January Series, a lecture and cultural arts series.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner's Inaugural Address]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:57:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010542319_1200x675_383293507640.jpg
Illinois' 42nd governor maintains a serious but hopeful tone in his remarks after taking the oath of office.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Takes Oath of Office]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:00:02 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ILLINOIS_INAUGURATION_AP514519842230.jpg
Bruce Rauner takes the oath of office to become the 42nd governor of Illinois.

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<![CDATA[Quinn Punts Medical Marijuana Licensing to Rauner]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:37:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010548101_1200x675_383420995583.jpg
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has decided he will not award licenses to medical marijuana cultivation centers before his term in office ends, his spokesman said Monday.
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