<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:05:41 -0600 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:05:41 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Preckwinkle to Remain Silent on Mayoral Race]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:28:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/preckwinkle_5-21.jpg
In advance of a Casimir Pulaski Day event, Preckwinkle told reporters she was "staying out of it."]]>
<![CDATA[Should the Obama Library be an Issue in Mayoral Race?]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:06:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flash+survey+new.jpg
Chicago is in competition with New York and Honolulu for President Obama's library and museum.]]>
<![CDATA[Poll Shows Dead Heat Between Emanuel, Garcia]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:36:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel-Garcia.jpg
More than 2,000 people were polled over two days last week.

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<![CDATA[Wilson Meets With Mayoral Candidates]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:27:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Willie+Wilson.jpg
Over the weekend, former mayoral candidate Willie Wilson met with both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but Wilson has not yet given his endorsement.]]>
<![CDATA[Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Participates in Polar Plunge]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:31:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chuy+garcia+polar+plunge.jpg
Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn weren't the only public figures to jump into a frigid Lake Michigan at Sunday's Polar Plunge.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel, Garcia Court Wilson's Endorsement ]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:39:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Willie-Wilson+022415-1.jpg
Just five weeks before the runoff election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia met with former challenger Willie Wilson in the hopes of gaining the support of his voters.]]>
<![CDATA[Ald. Deb Mell Avoids Runoff by Mere Two Votes]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:33:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/deb-mell-swear-in-1.jpg
The notion that every vote counts rang true for Northwest Side Ald. Deb Mell Friday as she avoided a predicted runoff by a mere two votes.]]>
<![CDATA[Garcia Opposes Using Park Land For Obama Library]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:37:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chuy+Garcia.png
Opposition puts another wedge between Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis: I Could Have Won]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:00:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/Karen+Lewis1.jpg
Lewis thinks those numbers would have been much different if she had managed to stick with the race. The Chicago Sun-Times asked her if she would have won the election outright on February 24.]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Schock Failed to Report London Gifts]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:54:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron+schock1.jpg
Politico report also accuses Schock of failing to report payments he should have made for use of a Maryland golf course for a fundraiser.
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<![CDATA[Emanuel Ahead of Garcia by 10.6 Percent Heading Into Runoff: Poll]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:19:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TLMD-Emanuel-Garcia.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ahead of Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia by 10.6 percent heading into their April runoff, according to a new poll.]]>
<![CDATA[Jon Stewart Mocks Rep. Schock and His Instagram Account]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:13:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron+schock1.jpg
"The Daily Show" host featured a segment on Illinois Rep. Aaron Shock poking fun at the congressman's Instagram account and his role in the recent controversies surrounding his campaign expenses.
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<![CDATA[Wilson Says He's Being Courted by Emanuel, Garcia]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:19:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Willie+Wilson.jpg
Mayor and Cook County commissioner both paid visits to third-place finisher on Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel, Garcia Look Ahead to April Runoff]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:35:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd-emanuel-segunda-vuelta.jpg
The result of yesterday's election is historic, and while the last few ballots were counted Wednesday afternoon, it won't change the finish.]]>
<![CDATA[Best Political Mustaches]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:20:18 -0600 since he was age 14 and a sophomore at St. Rita High School.]]> since he was age 14 and a sophomore at St. Rita High School.]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/tlmd-jesus-chuy-garcia.jpg
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia isn't the only politician sporting the 'stache]]>
<![CDATA[CREW Files Complaint Over Schock's Travel Spending]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:08:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron-schock-gettyimages.jpg
A government watchdog group on Wednesday asked congressional investigators to examine whether Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock violated House ethics rules by using taxpayer and campaign funds for private air]]>
<![CDATA[Ramirez-Rosa Unseats Ald. Colon in 35th Ward Upset]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:02:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rey+colon+gallery.jpg
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, who aligned with mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, defeated incumbent Alderman Rey Colon by a landslide in Tuesday's election.]]>
<![CDATA[Runoff Heats Up: Emanuel, Garcia Return to Campaign Trail]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:38:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel-Garcia.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and rival Jesus "Chuy" Garcia kicked off part two of the campaign early Wednesday morning, heading out to greet voters just hours after election results sparked an unprecedented runoff.

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<![CDATA[Carol Marin on What Runoff Means for Chicago]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:30:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011206019_1200x675_404077635972.jpg
NBC Chicago Political Editor Carol Marin says the runoff will give Chicagoans another six weeks to dive into the issues.]]>
<![CDATA[How Emanuel Can Regain Momentum]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:03:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel-AP_546204958978.jpg
After running a disciplined, strategic and well-funded campaign, the nation’s most powerful mayor is heading into a surprise runoff election.

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<![CDATA[19 Chicago Aldermanic Races Go to Runoff]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:33:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council1.jpg
With most of the votes tallied, it appeared Wednesday morning that aldermanic campaigns in 19 of Chicago's 50 wards will continue into April.

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<![CDATA[Runoff for Rahm: Mayor Falls Short of Winning Second Term Outright]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:31:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011201151_1200x675_403935811799.jpg
Rahm Emanuel failed to clinch another term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday, as he was forced into an unprecedented runoff election against challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. NBC Chicago's political reporter Mary Ann...]]>
<![CDATA[Jesus "Chuy" Garcia: "We're Going to Build a New Chicago"]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:12:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011201119_1200x675_403943491693.jpg
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said Tuesday that the "people have spoken" in forcing an April runoff election between him and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.]]>
<![CDATA[David Axelrod on Mayor Emanuel's Election Runoff]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:59:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011201219_1200x675_403940419620.jpg
David Axelrod speaks on Chicago's Mayor Emanuel as he faces an election run-off.]]>
<![CDATA[Willie Wilson Concedes: "We’ve Made a Difference on The City of Chicago"]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:57:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011200959_1200x675_403941955622.jpg
Businessman Willie Wilson concedes in the 2015 mayoral election race.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm: "We Have Come A Long Way"]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:38:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011200904_1200x675_403939907618.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks about being forced into a runoff.]]>
<![CDATA[Wilson Campaign Says He Caused Runoff]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:54:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011201166_1200x675_403935811857.jpg
NBC Chicago’s Lauren Jiggetts reports from the campaign of Willie Wilson, the self-made businessman who spent $2 million of his own money trying to unseat Emanuel.]]>
<![CDATA[Ald. Bob Fioretti to Supporters: “This is Not a Defeat”]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:36:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011201176_1200x675_403938371581.jpg
NBC Chicago’s Rob Elgas reports live from Ald. Bob Fioretti’s campaign headquarters after he gave his concession speech Tuesday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Garcia on Runoff: "The People Have Spoken" ]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:43:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chuy+Garcia.png
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said Tuesday that the "people have spoken" in forcing an April runoff election between him and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "So nobody thought we’d be here tonight," he said. "They wrote us off; they]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Emanuel's Election Night Watch Party]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:21:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/ec44860db8014a4d87ffd8dc6fb2eeb7.JPG.jpg
Election night watch party for Rahm Emanuel

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<![CDATA[How'd You Vote?]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:02:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/IMG_97601.JPG
Chicagoans weigh in on who and why they did (or didn't) vote]]>
<![CDATA[Ald. Bob Fioretti Concedes: "We Did Do Change"]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:58:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011200640_1200x675_403911747886.jpg
Alderman Bob Fioretti concedes in the 2015 mayoral election race.]]>
<![CDATA[Runoff Appears Likely as Rahm Falls Short]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:53:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-voting-AP159463372804.jpg
Chicago voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots for mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and all 50 city aldermen.

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<![CDATA[Runoff for Rahm: Mayor Falls Short]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:22:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+chuy.jpg
Rahm Emanuel failed to clinch another term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday, as Associated Press projections showed him forced into an unprecedented runoff election against challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.]]>
<![CDATA[Judge May Have Told People How to Vote: Officials ]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:28:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chi-vote-022415-1-petty.jpg
A case of an election judge possibly seeking to sway voters at the polls was among the few problems reported in what could be a record-low turnout election Tuesday, Chicago officials said.

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<![CDATA[Did Rahm Run a Red Light on Election Day? ]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:01:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-voting-AP159463372804.jpg
With polls in the mayoral contest closing in a matter of hours, Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed no signs of slowing down Tuesday. And neither did his motorcade.

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