<![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-usWed, 18 Oct 2017 08:16:06 -0500Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:16:06 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Candidates for Illinois Governor Raise More Than $100M]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:58:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gov+candidates+2.png
The race for Illinois governor has crossed an expensive threshold – with more than a year to go until Election Day.]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Reveals She Suffered Stroke Last Week]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:02:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/karen+lewis+stroke.png
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis revealed on Tuesday she suffered a stroke last week, but will recover.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Makes Surprise Stop at Youth Class in Chicago]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:10:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+surprise.png
President Barack Obama dropped by unannounced Saturday at the first "Obama Foundation" training day in Chicago.
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<![CDATA[Gun Control Measures Proposed in Illinois]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:23:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bump-stock-c-EM.jpg
At least two gun control measures could be addressed in the upcoming veto session of the Illinois General Assembly.

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<![CDATA[Ald. Calls Proposed Entertainment Tax Increase a 'Gimmick']]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:56:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/alderman.png
From musicals to sporting events, you could soon pay more for big events in Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Top Political Headlines]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:18:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_4P_PKG_DEEP_DISH.jpg
Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the latest political headlines in Illinois.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Group Hosts Gun Raffle Fundraiser Despite Vegas Shooting]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:58:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lake+county+gun+raffle.png
Suburban Chicago Republicans will continue with a scheduled fundraiser, raffling off nearly a dozen firearms Friday, just weeks after the Las Vegas massacre became the deadliest mass shooting in modern

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<![CDATA[Emanuel on Trump: Tillerson is 'Insightful']]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:28:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/RAHM+TRUMP+-+00000000_29276476.jpg
Chicago's mayor responded to President Donald Trump's comments about his city's violence by saying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's "assessment of people" is "insightful."]]>
<![CDATA[Ald. Ameya Pawar Ends Campaign for Illinois Governor]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:12:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pawar.png
Citing a lack of funds, Ald. Ameya Pawar has withdrawn his name from the list of candidates for Illinois governor.
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<![CDATA[Chicago Officials to Trump: 'We Live in the Real World']]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:04:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-860271012.jpg
Chicago officials are implying President Donald Trump is not living in the “real world” when he talks about the city’s ongoing violence problems and a conversation he claims to have had with an unnamed...

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<![CDATA[Cook County Soda Tax to Be Repealed]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:34:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_4P_BEVERAGE_TAX_REPEALED_AHERN.jpg
The official vote came today, but Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is predicting tough cuts ahead without the soda tax revenue. NBC 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Preckwinkle Warns of 'Painful' Cuts After Soda Tax Repeal]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:35:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/toni+preckwinkle+budget.jpg
Cook County's board president on Wednesday told reporters "nothing is off the table" to balance the budget after the board, minutes earlier, voted 15-2 to repeal the controversial sweetened beverage tax.

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<![CDATA[Cook County Soda Tax to Be Repealed]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:35:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-452534952.png
A plan to repeal Cook County's sweetened beverage tax passed its final hurdle on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Donates $11K in Weinstein Campaign Contributions]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:02:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/weinstein+emanuel.png
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel donated nearly $11,000 in campaign contributions from disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein to a mentoring group for at-risk young girls.

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<![CDATA[Proposal to Repeal Controversial Sugary Drink Tax Advances]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:02:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6A+VO+TAX++-+00000109_29241559.jpg
A plan to repeal Cook County's sugary drink tax moved forward Tuesday, after the Cook County Board's Finance Committee voted in favor of ending the controversial tax.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Officials Talk City's Bid for Amazon's 2nd HQ]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:07:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Amazon+Cultural+Center+-+08480715_29228327.jpg
A shared hope of winning Amazon’s second US headquarters bid brought a bi-partisan group of elected officials and leaders together Monday morning.]]>
<![CDATA[Candidates for Ill. Governor Gather for Gubernatorial Forum]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:26:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5P+VO+GOVERNORS+FORUM+-+00000506_29224052.jpg
It's being called the first progressive gubernatorial forum.]]>
<![CDATA[Ives Inching Toward a GOP Primary Run Against Rauner]]> Sat, 07 Oct 2017 15:56:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jeanne+Ives+-+00001327_29211935.png
State Rep. Jeanne Ives has not ruled out a run for governor and is even being urged to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary.]]>
<![CDATA[New Midway Security Checkpoint Begins Construction]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:26:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/EmanuelDurbin+Midway+10-6.JPG
Dignitaries and officials broke ground Friday on a massive new security checkpoint expansion project at Midway Airport.

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<![CDATA[Governor Bruce Rauner Announces New Chief of Staff]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:16:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner+Flu+Shot+-+10031115_29197953.jpg
There have been whispers for weeks, but on Friday it became official - Governor Bruce Rauner has a new Chief of Staff.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Makes Big Bet With D.C. Mayor On Cubs Series]]> Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:33:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620759084.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a massive sports fan, and he’s showing his confidence in the Chicago Cubs by placing a big bet on them to win the National League Division Series.

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<![CDATA[Commissioners Say Votes Exist to Repeal County's Soda Tax]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:22:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/10P+BEVERAGE+TAX+-+00000511_29200610.jpg
Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison announced Friday that the county's controversial sweetened beverage tax will likely be repealed when it is called for a vote next week, thanks to an agreement by a...]]>
<![CDATA[Daley Reveals He's Switching Vote on Soda Tax]]> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:33:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Preckwinkle+9-7.png
Cook County Commissioner John Daley, the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the county, has informed Board President Toni Preckwinkle that he will vote for the repeal of the controversial sweetened beverage...

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<![CDATA[CPD Increases Undercover Officers for Chicago Marathon]]> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:29:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Marathon+cutaways+and+wojo+broll+-+00031719_29190201.jpg
From Cubs games to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago officials say stepped up security plans have been and will stay in place for major events happening in the city.]]>
<![CDATA[Preckwinkle to Unveil Budget Ahead of Soda Tax Repeal Vote]]> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:20:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6P+SOT+BEVERAGE+TAX+-+00000508_29171002.png
Cook County's controversial sweetened beverage tax is headed for a showdown next week - but before that, Board President Toni Preckwinkle will release next year's budget on Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[David Harris Joins List of Ill. Lawmakers Calling it Quits]]> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:04:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/david+harris3.jpg
State Representative David Harris (R-53), after long talks with his wife and two grown sons, said he will not run for re-election in 2018 and there's a reason why.

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<![CDATA[Calls For 'Common Sense Gun Laws' in Illinois and Beyond]]> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:23:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/900.jpeg
In light of the tragedy in Las Vegas, there are now renewed calls for what's known as "common sense gun laws." Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says it's time to close the loopholes in the background...

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<![CDATA[COPA Head Resigns, Emanuel Names Interim Replacement]]> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:23:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/COPA+ROGERS+-+21191626_29040842.png
The agency investigating police misconduct has new leadership, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Sharon Fairley Moves Forward in Attorney General Race]]> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:26:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/COPA+ROGERS+-+21073602_29153439.png
Sharon Fairley, the chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, is moving forward as a possible candidate for Illinois attorney general.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Still Won’t Say He’s Running for Re-election]]> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:41:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner+Flu+Shot+-+10090501_29148597.png
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has yet to officially announce he is running for re-election and his answer to that question Tuesday left more wondering if he might choose not to run again.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Officials: City Is Prepared to Host Cubs, Marathon]]> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:10:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/4A+VO+CHICAGO+VENUE+SAFETY++-+00001803_29143506.jpg
From Cubs games to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago officials say stepped up security plans have been and will stay in place for major events happening in the city.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Politicians React to Mass Shooting in Las Vegas]]> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 22:50:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Flags+at+Half+Staff+-+00074210_29137796.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an order Monday to ensure that flags will fly at half-staff in Illinois the rest of the week in honor of the victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas.]]>
<![CDATA[Ives Not Ruling Out Run Against Rauner in Abortion Backlash]]> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:24:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jeanne+Ives+-+00035119_29136410.png
Illinois Republicans are split over whether to support Gov. Bruce Rauner after his decision to sign the abortion funding measure, House Bill 40.]]>
<![CDATA[Citing Chicago, Sanders Says Gun Law Talk 'Premature']]> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:22:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/sanders+vegas+chicago.png
In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used Chicago as an example of why it is premature to talk about policy changes to the...
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<![CDATA[Emanuel, Rauner Meet Privately to Discuss Amazon Bid]]> Sun, 01 Oct 2017 15:27:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner+Emanuel.png
They’ve been disagreeing and feuding publicly for months on a variety of topics, but NBC 5 has learned that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met privately on Friday

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<![CDATA[Deep Dish: The Latest Illinois Political Headlines]]> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:56:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GOV+RAUNER+SCHOOL+VISIT+-+00303421_29040750.png
Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss this week's latest headlines on Illinois politics.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Gutierrez Heads From Chicago to Puerto Rico]]> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 06:56:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/guiterrez+presser+-+06543108_29102221.jpg
Rep. Luis Gutierrez was expected to board a plane from Chicago to Puerto Rico Friday, saying he wanted to assess damage in the hurricane-ravaged island for himself to determine how he can best help residents.]]>
<![CDATA[Governor Endorsement Battle Rages On]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 21:37:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SPRINGFIELD+CAPITOL+BROLL+-+00030521_28348004.png
Chris Kennedy received the endorsement of Cook County commissioner Chuy Garcia Thursday. It comes one day after Comptroller Susana Mendoza supported J.B. Pritzker. Kennedy is hoping to persuade more progressive...]]>
<![CDATA[Susana Mendoza Endorses Pritzker]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:19:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mendoza+pritzker.png
Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker picked up another endorsement on Wednesday. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said she will cast her ballot for the businessman.]]>
<![CDATA[Chuy Garcia Endorses Chris Kennedy for Illinois Governor]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:41:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chuy+garcia+chris+kennedy.jpg
Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia surprised many when he took Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a runoff for mayor, and on Thursday, he endorsed Chris Kennedy for Illinois governor.]]>
<![CDATA[Richard Boykin Announces He Won't Run Against Preckwinkle]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:54:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/boykin+interview.png
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin announced Thursday morning that he will not oppose Toni Preckwinkle for the board president position.]]>
<![CDATA[Duckworth Addresses Protests During National Anthem ]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:20:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630967050.png
The protests at NFL games during the national anthem have left fans conflicted over the game they're passionate about. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a war veteran who lost her legs as a helicopter pilot...

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