<![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 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:52:27 -0500 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:52:27 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:08:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lewis_rahm.jpg
Karen Lewis is getting serious about running for mayor. At an event in Little Village last night, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union boss did not directly mention Rahm Emanuel by name -- another sign that...]]>
<![CDATA[Report Finds IDOT Broke Hiring Rules For Years]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:55:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pat_quinn16.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration not only failed to rein-in political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, the practice seems to have gone into high gear after Quinn replaced disgraced...]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Once Called Quinn an 'Extraordinary' Leader]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:18:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
The Chicago Sun-Times unearths old footage of Bruce Rauner singing Democrats' praises during a November 2010 speech on the National Restaurant Association's decision to keep its annual trade show at...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Patronage Charges May Prove Quinn’s Undoing]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:19:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pat_quinn16.jpg
Every time there’s another headline or report released suggesting Quinn is corrupt, the Rauner campaign has to smile.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Pushes Term Limits Issue]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:41:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
Quinn says he's been pushing for term limits for 20 years, asks Rauner to release taxes]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner and Quinn Go to War on Outsourcing Issue]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:34:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner says he's "never closed a plant and moved jobs overseas or that sort of thing." But evidence proves otherwise.]]>
<![CDATA[Romney and Ryan Reunite in Chicago Thursday]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:03:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_062412_cierre_pena_nieto1.jpg
Romney is interviewing Ryan on stage in Chicago Thursday night. The subject is Ryan's new book, "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea."

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<![CDATA[Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:25:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_foto_de_barack_obama.jpg
As President Barack Obama's foundation reviews locations for his library and museum -- Chicago is the unofficial frontrunner -- voters in his adopted hometown are divided over whether to use taxpayer dollars to...

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<![CDATA[Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:40:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP364891250690.jpg
The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:33:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/chicago+city+hall.jpg
What’s clear is that as far as progressives go in Chicago, the opportunity for a historic moment is upon them.]]>
<![CDATA[Appeals Court Rules Against Term Limits on the Ballot]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:47:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+and+diana+rauner.jpg
Rauner's group insists the measure would be overwhelmingly approved by voters. It would limit legislators to eight years in office, increase the size of the Illinois House, reduce the size of the Senate and make...

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<![CDATA[Rahm to Ed Kelly: Don't Feel Sorry for Me]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:23:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel-juvenile.jpg
Memo to Ed Kelly: Rahm Emanuel doesn't want your pity.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Agrees to Only 3 Debates]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign released a list Wednesday of eight debates and forums ahead of Nov. 4. That list includes a joint live-streamed Sept. 9 Chicago Tribune endorsement session and an]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis' Mayoral Committee Files With Board of Elections]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:46:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-13.jpg
Karen Lewis is one step closer to entering the race for Chicago mayor.]]>
<![CDATA[The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:21:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Uber-Car-Rentals.jpg
As Uber plows into the taxi industry in Illinois, its eye on dominating Chicago, the fast-growing ride-share start-up has recruited David Plouffe to handle the messy political side of

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Aldermen Deserve Kudos for Admitting Mistakes]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:42:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ald.-Bob-Fioretti.jpg
For a politician, coming right out and saying you're sorry for past mistakes is never easy.]]>
<![CDATA[Who Wins Twitter: Quinn vs. Rauner]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:44:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/162211003.jpg
Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner are each using Twitter to get out the vote. Curious about their followers' demographics, Ward Room asked StatSocial -- a company...

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<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Lays Groundwork for Possible Mayoral Run]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:16:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-19.jpg
CTU president says she's filed financial paperwork, plans to circulate petitions, but hasn't made an official decision.]]>
<![CDATA[Inspector General: Illinois Spent Too Much Federal Medicaid Money]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:15:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cash1095723.jpg
An audit by the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveals that Illinois overdrew on its federal Medicaid account due to "faulty" and "imprecise" bookkeeping.

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<![CDATA[Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:49:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ed-kelly.jpg
Is Rahm Emanuel "Chicago" enough? Still spry at 90 years old, Ed Kelly -- the former Chicago Park District Superintendent -- answers in the negative, not holding back when asked about the embattled mayor during...]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:55:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-13.jpg
Chicago Teachers Union boss and human megaphone Karen Lewis is attacking Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the pages of the Sun-Times, dismissing his new initiative to give CPS grads a leg up in city firefighter jobs as an...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Mayor, Council Still Owe Answer On Mental Health Clinic Closures]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:22:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_emanuelrahmgi.jpg
First, the good news: there’s going to be a hearing.

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<![CDATA[A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:56:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cps1.jpg
Now that CPS closed all those schools, what's the district going to do with the extra space?]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Admits Nearly "Punching Someone" at Parade]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:21:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_chickens.jpg
Video surfaced Monday of Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner telling supporters he came close to "punching someone" at a parade last spring.]]>
<![CDATA[Appeals Court Reinstates Casino Lawsuit Tied to Blagojevich ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:01:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blago-crowd-P1.jpg
Judges at the Court of Appeals say there is adequate evidence to support an allegation that in 2008, Rod Blagojevich agreed to sign a bill benefiting the Illinois racing industry in exchange for a bribe.

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<![CDATA[Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel "Less Safe": Poll]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:11:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/illinois+concealed+carry+permit.jpg
A Chicago Tribune poll reveals that Illinois' new concealed carry law, introduced in January, makes a majority of Chicagoans feel unsafe.]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Takes Ice Bucket Challenge]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:19:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008434373_1200x675_318904387847.jpg
8/16/2014: Watch Gov. Pat Quinn take the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral challenge intended to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Quinn also donated $100 to the ALS Association...]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Pegs Low Approval Rating on 'Economic Stress']]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:14:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel-president.jpg
It's not me -- it's the economy, says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, responding to a bleak Chicago Tribune report on his downward spiraling job approval rating.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:08:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_emanuelrahmgi.jpg
When your approval rating starts off a campaign at 35 percent or lower, you have to be seen by at least some voters and political observers as the underdog.

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<![CDATA[Rauner's State Fair Day: Cheers, Beers and Steers]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:18:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-8-13.jpg
The unofficial CEO of the Winnetka chapter of the Hell's Angels, Bruce Rauner arrived by Harley Davidson to celebrate Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair.]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:34:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pat+quinn+QA.jpg
He addressed reporters Thursday at a Chicago pipe and conduit manufacturer calling it a "momentous" day. Officials say unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. That's a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago...]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Attends Little League Watch Party]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:13:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/203*120/rahm+watch+party.JPG
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among supporters attending the city watch party to cheer on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars at the Little League World Series.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel's Approval Ratings Sink to New Low in Tribune Poll]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:06:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lewis_rahm.jpg
The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank.]]>
<![CDATA[State Police Join CPD Unit in Month-Long Trial]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:09:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ISP_generic.jpg
Up to 40 Illinois State troopers were dispatched to Chicago on Thursday in a 30-day trial to help the city's police department combat street violence.

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<![CDATA[Republicans Rally at State Fair Breakfast]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:48:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008402555_1200x675_318131267559.jpg
8/14/14: Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner asks for voters' help in sweeping Gov. Pat Quinn into "the dust pan of history" as Republicans gather at the Illinois State Fair ahead of an afternoon]]>
<![CDATA[Anti-Rauner PAC Releases 'Chief Executive Outsourcer' Video]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:54:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner+and+reporters.jpg
A new video released Thursday by Illinois Freedom PAC, the union-backed group protesting Bruce Rauner's bid for governor, paints the Republican venture capitalist as a "Chief Executive Outsourcer."]]>
<![CDATA[8 Months Later, Still No Word on Blagojevich Appeal]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:29:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/206*120/jjjpolitics005.jpg
Save for some back and forth regarding filings, all that is known is that the three judges have taken the case under advisement. The only clues about what they may be thinking, came from the very...

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<![CDATA[Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:46:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Michael+Madigan+.jpg
It's Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair, which means another stump speech from embattled Gov. Pat Quinn.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:32:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner-Running-for-Governor_1200x675_168290883641.jpg
Bruce Rauner needs to take some responsibility for the ConvergEx debacle and other failures of corporate management, says Crain's Chicago Business' Greg Hinz in one of his best -- and most eviscerating...]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Answers Critics on Homes, Salary]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:06:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008388925_1200x675_317849667783.jpg
The Chicago Teacher's Union President and potential mayoral candidate said Wednesday that she doesn't know what all the hubbub about her multiple homes is all about.]]>
<![CDATA[Politics Reign at Illinois State Fair's Governor's Day]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:03:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Marin_8-12.jpg
Democrats try to rally the vote during traditionally difficult non-presidential election year.]]>
<![CDATA[Democrats Gather For Breakfast at State Fair]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:52:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008385989_1200x675_317805123744.jpg
08/13/14: Wednesday is Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair. NBC Chicago's Carol Marin reports on the morning breakfast ahead of an afternoon rally of Democrats.]]>