<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:04:38 -0600 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:04:38 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Emanuel Calls Special Meeting for Minimum Wage Vote]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:25:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/178*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel2.JPG
Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't plan to wait and see if the state of Illinois passes a minimum wage hike.]]>
<![CDATA[Activists Criticize Emanuel's First Campaign Ad]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:21:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+ad+protest.JPG
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first TV ad of his 2015 re-election campaign is under fire as a coalition of community groups demands it be taken off the air.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Met With Cupich During Chicago Visit]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:41:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/198*120/tlmd_obama_chicago_discurso.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the point person in the first introductory meeting Tuesday between Archbishop Blase Cupich and President Obama.]]>
<![CDATA[The United States of Heckling: Obama Schools Protesters on Immigration, Everything Else]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:29:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/200*120/tlmd-obama-chicago-inmigracion-accion-ejecutiva2.jpg
When protesters heckled President Obama during his Tuesday immigration speech in Chicago, POTUS responded by acknowledging the group's gripes as "absolutely right" before smoothly shutting them down.

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<![CDATA[The Executive Mansion Elevator Is Busted: Rauner Reality Check? ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:05:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/governor%27s+mansion+p1.jpg
The Civil War-era Illinois governor's mansion is due for an upgrade—especially since the Polar Vortex of 2014 led to significant water damage. The roof needs repairs. The elevator is broken.]]>
<![CDATA[Bruce and Diana Rauner Tour Crumbling Governor's Mansion]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:57:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+and+diana+rauner.jpg
The Civil War-era Executive Mansion, aka the Illinois governor's digs, is due for an upgrade—especially since the Polar Vortex of 2014 led to significant water damage.

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<![CDATA[Obama Addresses Hecklers in Chicago]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:37:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/heckler+obama+chi+speech.jpg
President Barack Obama took on a group of hecklers during his speech on immigration in Chicago Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Has "No Sympathy" for Violent Ferguson Protesters]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:16:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+copernicus.jpg
President Barack Obama once again addressed a grand jury’s decision to not indict the Ferguson police officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, saying he has “no sympathy” for those who erupted in violence...]]>
<![CDATA[Powerful Aldermen to Run Unopposed in 2015 Elections]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:42:33 -0600 Edward M. Burke | 14th Ward
A Chicago political legend, Burke has held political office since 1969. He is chairman of the ever-powerful Finance Committee and opposed Mayor Harold Washington during the Council Wars of the 1980s. | Read Full Bio ]]>
Edward M. Burke | 14th Ward
A Chicago political legend, Burke has held political office since 1969. He is chairman of the ever-powerful Finance Committee and opposed Mayor Harold Washington during the Council Wars of the 1980s. | Read Full Bio ]]>

A small but powerful group of aldermen will run unopposed in February's municipal election, and their names should come as no surprise to anybody who's ever raised an eyebrow to say: Only in Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner on Illinois Pensions: 'Don't Change History']]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:04:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_gobernador_illinois.jpg
Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner changed his tune to defend retired state employee's pensions on Monday, remarking that it's most important to "protect what is done—don't change history.]]>
<![CDATA[Will Quinn Accept His $136,000 Pension?]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:07:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn+concedes+p1.jpg
When Gov. Pat Quinn leaves office in January, he's eligible to receive a comfortable yearly pension of $136,000. The question is: Will he accept it?]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Mayor Race: 10 File Petitions]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:36:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti collected enough signatures to submit nominating petitions on Monday—and officially enter the race to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel...]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan Wrangled Support for Rahm's Re-Election: Report]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:30:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/michael+madigan3.jpg
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Democratic Party's powerful and prickly gatekeeper, tends to keep endorsements for Chicago mayor close to the vest—at least in recent years.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama to Trumpet Executive Order in Chicago]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:16:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_obama_accion_ejecutiva_nina_destacados.jpg
President Obama will visit Chicago on Tuesday to rally goodwill for his executive order on immigration.

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<![CDATA[Politicians React to President Obama's Immigration Plan]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:33:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/459316502.jpg
President Barack Obama on Thursday announced executive action on immigration policy, offering temporary relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants.

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<![CDATA[Blago Lawyer Sam Adam Jr. Mulls a Run For State's Attorney: Report]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:54:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sam+adam+jr.jpg
Defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr., who's repped ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and R. Kelly in their infamous Chicago trials, has his eye on Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez's job.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Lawmakers Want to Raise the Minimum Wage to $11 Per Hour]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:02:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_money_dinero_shutterstock_202243297.jpg
Widespread support for raising the minimum wage in Illinois has led state Democrats to propose an increase of $11 per hour that would be rolled out over two years.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Duckworth Announces Birth of Baby Girl]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:54:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tammy-duckworth_5-15.jpg
U.S. Representative and husband Bryan Bowlsbey named the girl Abigail O'kalani Bowlsbey.]]>
<![CDATA[Tom Cross Concedes Defeat in Illinois Treasurer Race]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:21:47 -0600 Mike Frerichs
Mike Frerichs

Ending a bitter post-election stand-off, Republican Tom Cross has accepted defeat to Democrat Mike Frerichs in the hotly contested battle to be Illinois treasurer.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Native to Emcee Correspondents' Dinner]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:10:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/455776192.jpg
The ridiculous intersection of guests at the White House Correspondents' Dinner demands a savvy emcee who can subtly savage the crowd while getting laughs, too. Last spring, it was Joel McHale.

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<![CDATA[City Council Approves 2015 Chicago Budget]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:07:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council.jpg
Chicago's City Council on Wednesday voted 46-4 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2015 Chicago budget that includes a tax hike on parking in city garages.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Drops First TV Spot of Re-Election Campaign]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:05:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/221*120/Rahm+Ad+p1.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped the first TV ad of his 2015 re-election campaign, along with a new slogan: "Chicago Together."
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<![CDATA[DePaul Arena Budget Balloons to $250 Million: Report]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:20:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/278*120/depaul+arena+2.jpeg
The budget to build a DePaul University basketball stadium in the South Loop has reportedly grown to $250 million, a figure that stretches well past early cost projections for the site.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner's Chicago Judge Votes Criticized by Gay and Lesbian Bar Association]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:17:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-vote-1.jpg
The president of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Bar Association scolded Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner for his decision to vote "no" to retaining all Cook County judges.]]>
<![CDATA[Advocates Balk at Springfield Plan to Set City Minimum Wage ]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:43:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/illinois+state+capitol.JPG
If some lawmakers in Springfield have their way, Chicago won’t have the opportunity to decide for itself where to set a city-wide minimum wage.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Solicits Job Applications on New Website]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:30:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/218*120/Rauner+Web+Site+p1.jpg
Illinois Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner has set up a website to collect resumes from applicants interested in joining his administration.]]>
<![CDATA[CTU Poll Shows Rahm Could Be Headed for Runoff Election]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:41:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/tlmd_comisionado_chuy_garcia_alcaldia_chicago_rahm_emanuel.jpg
A new survey commissioned by the Chicago Teachers Union shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be forced into a runoff election folllowing the February primary.]]>
<![CDATA[Memorable Tributes from Jane Byrne's Funeral]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:31:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jane+byrne+2.jpg
Chicago's political set congregated at St. Vincent de Paul Parish on Monday for the funeral of former Mayor Jane Byrne, the only woman to ever hold that office.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Pensions, Pols and Pay-to-Play]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:48:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/236*120/tlmd_rahm_emanuel_becas_cps_colegios.jpg
Both Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Rauner are walking conflicts of interest when it comes to pension reform.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner to Crash Illinois Lawmaker Session This Week]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:35:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_gobernador_illinois.jpg
When lawmakers re-convene for a lame duck meeting in Springfield on Thursday, Rauner will make sure to be there and make his presence known.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Election Candidates File Petitions to Get on the Ballot]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:41:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/210*120/Candidates+File+Petitions+p1.jpg
Today the short window begins to file nominating petitions to enter the municipal election on Feb. 24.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Took Campaign Cash From Companies Doing Business With Chicago: Report]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:52:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel-juvenile.jpg
David Sirota of the International Business Times reports that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took in possibly illegal campaign donations from companies that manage city pensions.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Board of Election Supervisor Gets the Pink Slip]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:47:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/458383636_10.jpg
A supervisor at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners was given the pink slip following last week's high-stakes, high-drama midterm elections, Ward Room confirms.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Politicians Remember Former Mayor Jane Byrne]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:58:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jane+Byrne+new.jpg
Jane Byrne, Chicago’s first and only female elected mayor, died Friday at the age of 81.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne Dies at 81]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:39:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jane+Byrne+new.jpg
Jane Byrne, who shocked the Chicago political establishment when she was elected Mayor in 1979, died today. She was 81.
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<![CDATA[Rauner Meets With Madigan, Cullerton For First Time]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:41:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/195*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_noche_elecciones.jpg
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for the first time Thursday morning at the Chicago Club.

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<![CDATA[Is Luis Gutierrez Running for President?]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:14:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_luis_gutierrez_722.jpg
Add Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez to the ever-growing list of People Who May Run for President in 2016 ... or Someday.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Puts Pressure on Rauner to Boost the Minimum Wage]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:31:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_emanuelrahmgi.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is questioning Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner's declaration that he'd only support a state-wide minimum wage hike if it were packaged with business-friendly, tax-slashing conditions.

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<![CDATA[Fioretti, Progressive Caucus Call for Council Hearings on CPS Swap Deals]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:22:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council1.jpg
Mayoral candidate and aldermen are calling for hearings on CPS borrowing practices, specifically the deals from 2003 to 2007 that ended up costing taxpayers as much $100 million.]]>
<![CDATA[Should Valerie Jarrett Get the Ax?]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:28:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Valerie+Jarrett+attends+Watch+Party+1.jpg
In a brutal, gossipy take-down of Valerie Jarrett, the polarizing confidante to President Obama and First Lady Michelle, Politico writer Carol Felsenthal calls for the commander-in-chief to fire his most trusted...]]>
<![CDATA[Could Pat Quinn Actually Run for Chicago Mayor?]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:06:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/186*120/tlmd_pat_quinn_noche_elecciones.jpg
Come January, Republican Bruce Rauner will officially replace Democrat Pat Quinn as governor of Illinois, which makes Quinn a free agent. People in the know say there are some in Chicago City Council who...

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