<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:56:08 -0600 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:56:08 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Illinois Pols Respond to Obama’s Statehouse Speech]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:51:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Obama+Springfield.png
Members of the Illinois legislature praised President Barack Obama for his speech at the Capitol Wednesday, which acknowledged a “poisonous political climate" and encouraged unity and bipartisan.

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<![CDATA[Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates Square Off]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:39:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/nh-GettyImages-509201810.jpg
This is the third edition of the Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up, a weekly posting dedicated to keeping voters informed about the state and county's upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Aldermen Propose Lowering 'Tampon Tax']]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:29:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/191*120/Tampons+Generic+Tampon+Generic.JPG
Chicago could soon eliminate tampons and pads from a so-called “tampon tax” in the city under a new ordinance proposed by alderman who say the tax is unfair to women.]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Votes to Give Oversight to IG]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:15:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CityHallNBC.jpg
Chicago aldermen are expected to move on a measure Wednesday that would give oversight of the City Council to Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.]]>
<![CDATA[Then and Now: Obama Returns to Springfield]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:36:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/obama-2007-slider-620.jpg
Nine years ago, President Barack Obama announced his candidacy in Springfield. On Wednesday, he returned to the same place where his presidential journey began to give a historic speech to the Illinois...

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<![CDATA['I Missed You Guys': Obama Gives Historic Speech in Illinois]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-AP_481030974134.jpg
President Barack Obama arrived in Springfield Wednesday morning prepared to make history, becoming the fourth U.S. president to address the Illinois General Assembly.

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<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump Winners in N.H.]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:56:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000016388840_1200x675_619906627808.jpg
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders pulled away with victories in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries. However, experts say the race is still up in the air. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner to Suburban Leaders: State Should Try ‘to Be Average’]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:58:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+state+of+the+state+2016.jpg
During a town hall meeting with businesses and community leaders in Wheeling, Gov. Bruce Rauner discussed Illinois’ dire economic situation and stressed the need for the state to try “to be average.”]]>
<![CDATA[Illinoisans Support Candidates in NH Primary]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:44:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_451632437499.jpg
Prior to polls opening for the New Hampshire primary election, a handful of Illinoisans traveled to the state to volunteer for candidates John Kasich and Hilary Clinton.

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<![CDATA[New Hampshire Rallies Packed Ahead of Primary]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:54:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000016371752_1200x675_619075139655.jpg
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are expected to win the New Hampshire Primary -- but it may be much closer than the polls are showing. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Rejects Expansion of State's Medical Marijuana Program]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:13:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_386110439915-BruceRauner.jpg
Governor Rauner continued to stifle the state’s medical marijuana pilot program last week after he failed to add a variety of conditions to the list of diseases that can legally be treated by the drug.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Announces O'Hare Gate Expansion]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:12:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/183*120/gasolina-11.jpg
The mayor’s office announced a deal Sunday to add five new American Airlines gates to O’Hare International Airport.

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<![CDATA[Aldermen Halt Emanuel’s Plan to Raise Smoking Age]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:26:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_791184962081.jpg
A group of Chicago aldermen recently shot down Mayor Emanuel’s plan to increase the city’s smoking age from 18 to 21 and add a $6 million tax on all types of tobacco.

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<![CDATA[Alvarez Battles Opponents During Editorial Board Endorsement Sessions ]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:23:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/anita_alvarez_presser.png
Embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez defended her tenure during a Chicago Tribune Editorial Board endorsement session Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Dunkin’s Primary Opponent Receives High-Profile Endorsements]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:17:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Stratton2.jpg
Julianna Stratton held a news conference Thursday to announce a host of powerful endorsements as she moves forward with her bid to unseat state Rep. Ken Dunkin, her opponent in the March 15 Democratic primary...]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Springfield's Upcoming Presidential Visit]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:41:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000016341739_1200x675_617239619555.jpg
NBC 5's political reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have the latest behind-the-scenes political scoop including President Obama's upcoming trip to Springfield and the faux pas Donald Trump made when...]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Dems Move to Make Obama’s Birthday a State Holiday]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:23:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama4.png
Illinois State Rep. Andre Thapedi proposed legislation this week that would make President Barack Obama’s birthday a state holiday.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Creates New Private Economic Agency]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:01:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner1.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner established the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation Wednesday, a privately run and funded corporation dedicated to bringing new business to the state.]]>
<![CDATA[Aldermen Look to Improve City's Mental Health Services]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:12:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ervin+nbc.jpg
A group of Chicago aldermen announced a plan to bolster the city’s mental health system Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Report: CTU Garners Triple the Support of Emanuel]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:01:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel6.png
Chicagoans support the Chicago Teacher’s Union three times more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel on how to improve the city’s ailing public school system, according to a Chicago Tribune report released Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Rally Downtown Thursday for Chicago Teachers Union]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:04:02 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CTU.png
At least 16 people were arrested as Chicago teachers held a rally downtown Thursday against proposed Chicago Public Schools layoffs and millions of dollars in budget cuts.

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<![CDATA[Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Week 2]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:05:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/458407950.jpg
This is the second edition of the Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up, a weekly posting dedicated to keeping voters informed about the state and county's upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued...

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<![CDATA[State Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B in Debt ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:15:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/munger+nbc.jpg
In the wake of the state’s budget impasse, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger predicts overspending of $6.2 billion during the fiscal year that began last July.]]>
<![CDATA[Turmoil Between CTU, CPS Persists at House of Delegates Meeting]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:50:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/152220341.jpg
On Wednesday night, one teacher from each Chicago public school met with union leadership during the House of Delegates meeting.

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<![CDATA[Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia Endorses Kim Foxx for State’s Attorney]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:15:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kim+foxx+1.jpg
Former Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia endorsed Kim Foxx’s State’s Attorney bid Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Presidential Candidates Prepare for New Hampshire, Illinois]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:07:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cms685.jpg
Historically, experts say it is pretty clear who the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees will be by the time the Illinois primary rolls around. This year, that isn’t so.]]>
<![CDATA[New Report Details State's Backlog of Unpaid Bills]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:05:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield+state+capitol.jpg
As a result of a budget impasse dating back to July of last year, the State of Illinois has accrued millions of dollars in unpaid bills.

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<![CDATA[Alvarez Holds Lead in Latest State’s Attorney Poll]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:56:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Alvarez2.jpg
Incumbent Anita Alvarez holds a sizable lead over her two Democratic opponents in the race for Cook County State's Attorney, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll.

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<![CDATA[CPS CEO Claypool Announces Millions in Budget Cuts Amid CTU Negotiations]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:58:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000016282250_1200x675_614484035798.jpg
Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool on Tuesday announced hundreds of millions of dollars in school budget cuts amid negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Moves Forward with CPS Takeover]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:26:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_863097762336-sm.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner is moving forward with his plan for a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools and is looking for an interim superintendent for the financially troubled school district.

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<![CDATA[CPS Announces Millions in Budget Cuts Amid CTU Negotiations]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:36:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/forrest+claypool+0202.jpg
Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool announced millions in school budget cuts as well as changes to pension plans amid negations with the Chicago Teacher’s Union.

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<![CDATA[Many Iowa Republicans Undecided Before Caucuses]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 19:42:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/GettyImages-504737474.jpg
Thousands of Iowans will have America’s first say in who the Republican nominees will be Monday night – and many Iowans say they are waiting until the last minute to decide.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Alderman to Work for Airbnb After Surprise Resignation]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:02:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ald-will-burns.jpg
Ald. Will Burns, 4th, is stepping down this week and apparently he's headed to work for Airbnb, the website that enables homeowners to list properties for temporary rental.]]>
<![CDATA[Clinton, Sanders Push to the Finish Line in Iowa]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:02:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/218*120/dsfsdfsdf.png
Foot soldiers and volunteers from all campaigns are wrapping up their get-out-the-vote efforts. In just two hours, months of work will be boiled down to Democratic meetings or caucuses all over the state...]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Appoints Administrator of State’s New 911 System]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:36:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chi-AP_635754286879.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday named Cindy Barbera-Brelle as the first administrator of Illinois’ new statewide 911 system.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Emanuel’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low: Report]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:29:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-153331619.jpg
City voters have become increasingly uncertain about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ability to lead following the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video, a new Chicago Tribune poll claims.

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<![CDATA[Foxx Blasts Alvarez's Handling of McDonald Shooting in Campaign Ad]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:34:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kim+foxx.jpg
Kim Foxx condemned State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's handling of the police shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Pols Support Presidential Candidates During Iowa Caucus]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:27:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/201*120/iowa7.jpg
In the run-up to Monday’s caucuses, a handful of Illinois politicians have traveled to Iowa to pledge their support to the presidential hopefuls.

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<![CDATA[CTU Bargaining Team Unanimously Rejects CPS' Contract Offer]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:38:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP17332703740.jpg
The bargaining team for the Chicago Teachers' Union unanimously rejected a contract offer from the Chicago Board of Education in an important vote Monday.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Weighs in on Ald. Burns' Surprising Resignation]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:44:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ald-will-burns.jpg
4th Ward Alderman Will Burns is stepping down this week, multiple sources close to Burns confirmed Sunday.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Should Vote First in Primaries: Report]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:14:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/voting+booth+il+npr+130.jpg
Every four years in February, candidates spend time shaking hands in Iowa, and kissing babies in New Hampshire. And each cycle, people question why these states seem to matter most in the nomination process for...

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<![CDATA[Sources: Rauner Invites Obama for Beers During Springfield Trip]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:25:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+obama+edit.jpg
Aside from speaking to lawmakers in Springfield on the anniverary of his presidential candidacy announcement, it appears President Barack Obama may be celebrating a return to his roots by cheersing Gov.

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<![CDATA[10 Members of Illinois DNC Pledge Support to Clinton]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:30:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hilary-GettyImages-477234226.jpg
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign has received support from ten members of the Illinois Democratic National Committee.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Supporters Rally Ahead of Iowa Caucus]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:03:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000016234625_1200x675_611848771739.jpg
Plenty of Chicagoans and suburbanites head west for the Iowa Caucus. Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Alvarez Challenged by Opponents During State's Attorney Debate]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:22:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Anita-Alvarez-AP_958161656519.jpg
With the election for Cook County State’s Attorney drawing near, incumbent Anita Alvarez squared off against opponents Donna More and Kim Foxx in a radio debate that dealt largely with police misconduct...

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<![CDATA[Rahm Talks CTU Deal, Has Choice Words for Rauner]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:18:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel7.png
In an interview Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined a tentative agreement between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teacher’s Union before criticizing Gov. Bruce Rauner’s inaction during his first year in...

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