<![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-usSat, 21 Jan 2017 14:26:04 -0600Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:26:04 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Photos: The Women's March on Chicago]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:32:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/womens+march+ashhar2+sized.jpg
Thousands of people descended on the city to join the Women's March on Chicago following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Want to share your photos? Email them to isee@nbcchicago.com.]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: 250K Estimated at Women's March on Chicago]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:29:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ashhar+march+pic+1.jpg
With tens of thousands of people flocking to Chicago to join the Women's March Saturday, one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, organizers say city streets were so flooded, they will not...

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<![CDATA[Trump White House Bemoans Chicago Violence on Website]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:01:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-primer-discurso-presidente.jpg
Shortly after President Donald Trump was sworn into office Friday, his team introduced a revamped White House website that points to Chicago’s violent crime.

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<![CDATA[Obamas Ask for Insight on Upcoming Presidential Library]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:30:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17020555831491-%281%29.jpg
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama asked supporters Friday for insight on the upcoming Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.

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<![CDATA[How Melania Trump Will Serve in Role of First Lady]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:06:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/melania-trump-nueva-primera-dama-portada.jpg
Melania Trump promised an action plan when she arrived at the White House. Here is what she hopes to focus on.]]>
<![CDATA[Ill. Lawmakers Have Mixed Reactions to Trump's Inauguration]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:20:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021699150_1200x675_858588739602.jpg
The eyes of the world are on Washington as Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday. But on Thursday, there was mixed reaction from Illinois lawmakers planning to attend. Carol Marin reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Arrives in Washington Ahead of Inauguration]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:10:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632121018.jpg
President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Washington for a whirlwind of festivities Thursday. First, a glitzy lunch at the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Then, a symbolic visit to the Arlington National...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Once Again Attempting to Sell Thompson Center: Report]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:03:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner5.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner and top Illinois Republicans are trying again to sell and demolish Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

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<![CDATA[Patti Blagojevich Shares Letters from Daughters]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:29:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-840938632.jpg
In heartfelt pleas, former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s daughters begged President Barack Obama to free their father from Federal Prison. Those pleas fell on deaf ears.

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<![CDATA[Durbin Explains Decision to Attend Trump’s Inauguration]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:16:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dick+durbin+april+%2715.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin said Thursday that while he disagrees with President-elect Donald Trump on many issues, he, unlike many of his colleagues, will still be standing by Trump's side during his inauguration Friday.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Skyline Gets New Addition in 2017]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:01:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+skyline+new+building.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday broke ground on a 57-story building at 800 S. Michigan Ave. Emanuel boasted that the building, located in the South Loop, will create more than 400 jobs.

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<![CDATA[With 50K Expected, Women's March on Chicago Changes Location]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:34:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618313546.jpg
As crowd estimations for the Women's March on Chicago grow to more than 50,000, organizers have once again shifted the start location of the march and rally.

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<![CDATA[Blago Not on List of Obama's Final Batch of Commutations]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:14:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rod+blagojevich+GettyImages-141342467.jpg
With just one day left in his presidency, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of several drug offenders Thursday, but despite pleas from his supporters and family, former Illinois Gov.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump's Inauguration Committee Says There's a Reason Kanye Wasn't Asked to Perform]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:06:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump+kanye.png
Despite being famous friends, President-elect Donald Trump’s team passed on considering Kanye West as a performer for his inauguration Friday.

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<![CDATA[How to Get to the Women's March on Chicago]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:45:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/GettyImages-623042932.jpg
With thousands of people expected to hit Chicago streets for a march and rally one day after Donald Trump's inauguration, getting around the city and to the event could take some planning.

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<![CDATA[Durbin: Blagojevich's Sentence Was 'Outrageously Long']]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:30:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-840938632.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin claimed Tuesday that incarcerated former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence was excessive.

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<![CDATA[Inaugural Things to Watch: Speech, Dress and More]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:59:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/inauguration1.png


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<![CDATA[Artist Crafts 'Convicted Governors of Illinois' Cross-Stitch]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:46:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blago+appeal+new.jpg
Need a cute and quirky reminder of Illinois’ long history of political corruption? A Chicago-based artist has crafted a new cross-stitch pattern that commemorates the state’s unscrupulous former governors.

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know About the Women's March on Chicago]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:10:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-622470614.jpg
As thousands of people prepare to descend on Chicago and march one day after Donald Trump's inauguration, there are some things marchers and residents alike should know.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch Donald Trump's Inauguration Live]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:45:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/inaug-general2+%281%29.jpg
Not able to make it to the nation's capital to watch the historic Inauguration Day Friday in person?

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<![CDATA[Illinois Dems Expected to Boycott Trump's Inauguration]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:15:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Inauguration.png
A group of Illinois Congressmen have joined the growing list of lawmakers expected to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

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<![CDATA[CPD's Community Policing Advisory Panel Holds 1st Meeting]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:20:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cpd+panel+117.png
The Chicago Police Department's new Community Policing Advisory Panel held its first meeting on Tuesday, just days after the U.S. Department of Justice released its report finding that CPD has violated...]]>
<![CDATA[Durbin to Sessions: Allow Russian Hacking Investigations]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:39:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17010580743939-session.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter Tuesday urging Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, to allow Russian...

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<![CDATA[Hollywood Director: Emanuel's Brother Has Trump's Ear]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:25:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ari+trump.jpg
Director Peter Berg told the Hollywood Reporter that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s liberal brother, talent agent Ari Emanuel, has been keeping in touch with President-elect Donald Trump, his former client.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner: Skipping Trump's Inauguration Won't Hurt Illinoisans]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:23:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_863097762336-sm.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner told reporters Tuesday that his choice to skip President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration wouldn’t have a negative impact on Illinoisans.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Expected at Women's March on Chicago: Organizers]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:48:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-623042940.jpg
Organizers say at least 50,000 people are expected to be a part of the Women's March on Chicago this weekend, one day after Donald Trump's inauguration.

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<![CDATA[Women's March on Chicago: See the Full Route]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:06:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620926912.jpg
Demonstrators are expected to hit Chicago streets this weekend by the thousands for the Women's March on Chicago. See the full route they are expected to march along.

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<![CDATA[Street Closures Anticipated for Women's March on Chicago]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:49:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620927030.jpg
Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to city streets this weekend for the Women's March on Chicago, one day after Donald Trump's inauguration.

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<![CDATA[Rev. Pfleger Delivers Fiery MLK Day Speech in Atlanta]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:23:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pfleger+atlanta+mlk+day.png
Chicago's Rev. Michael Pfleger traveled to Atlanta this Martin Luther King holiday to be the keynote speaker at the civil rights icon's Ebenezer Baptist Church.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Pays Tribute to MLK]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:57:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021636831_1200x675_856034371641.jpg
Several events in Chicago honored the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, part of a larger, nationwide tribute. Regina Waldroup reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Amid Political Divide, Chicago Pays Tribute to MLK]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:52:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/mlk+chicago+honor.png
This year's tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago could not escape the political divisions felt nationwide. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama and Emanuel Still Tight After Two Terms]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:23:02 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-rahm-AP61130604511.jpg
President Barack Obama met with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday during the World Series champion Chicago Cubs' visit to the White House, capping off two terms of a close relationship.

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<![CDATA[Women's March Chicago Moves Start Location]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:07:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NH-trump-protest-Sunday.jpg
With thousands of people expected to gather for the Women’s March in Chicago this weekend, the location has shifted to avoid damaging the city’ s Grant Park, organizers announced.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner, Duckworth Attend MLK Day of Service in Chicago]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:01:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+mlk.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner and Sen. Tammy Duckworth attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Chicago’s Curie High School Monday.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Signs Lead Testing Bill for Schools, Daycares]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:39:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+1214.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Monday to protect Illinois children from potential exposure to lead-contaminated drinking water.

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<![CDATA[First Lady's Dress at Obama's Farewell Speech: What It Meant]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:52:30 -0600 The significance of Obama’s dress last Tuesday may not have been an obvious one, but for a woman whose presidency consisted of memorable and thoughtful attire, it spoke volumes.

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The significance of Obama’s dress last Tuesday may not have been an obvious one, but for a woman whose presidency consisted of memorable and thoughtful attire, it spoke volumes.

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In returning to Chicago last week for his farewell speech, it was clear President Barack Obama was bringing his presidency full circle, but in her own way, first lady Michelle Obama was subtly doing the...

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<![CDATA[Indiana Dressmakers to Make Pence Family Gowns for Inaugural Ball]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:46:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/indiana+dressmaker.png
You may be surprised at which designer Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s wife Karen will be wearing.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Calls DOJ Report 'Sobering,' Vows Reforms]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:14:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/221*120/emanuel+doj.png
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the findings of a Department of Justice probe into the Chicago Police Department "sobering," and vowed the troubling issues within the city's policing can be solved. ]]>
<![CDATA[Politicians React to Justice Department's Report on CPD]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:17:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lynch+doj+report.png
After the Department of Justice announced an investigation into the Chicago Police Department found a pattern of civil rights violations, reactions from across the city and state started to pour in.]]>
<![CDATA[McCarthy Denies DOJ Claim He Was Unavailable During Probe]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:36:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/190*120/168171599%281%29.jpg
As the U.S. Justice Department unleashed its long-awaited findings detailing constitutional rights violations by the Chicago Police Department, one person was notably missing from the report – former police...]]>
<![CDATA[DOJ Finds Pattern of Civil Rights Violations by CPD]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:52:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+police+generic3.jpg
The U.S. Justice Department has found that the Chicago Police Department violated constitutional rights by engaging in a "pattern or practice of use of excessive force," Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced...

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<![CDATA[Read the Full DOJ Report on Chicago Police]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:44:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498665136-chicago.jpg
The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced that it found the Chicago Police Department violated constitutional rights by engaging in a "pattern or practice of use of excessive force."

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