<![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 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:32:57 -0600 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:32:57 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Politicians Call For Reform In Wake of Laquan McDonald Shooting]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:10:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+mccarthy+laquan.jpg
Politicians, community leaders and key activists joined a Black Friday protest along Michigan Avenue to call for reform in the wake of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald's fatal shooting.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Faces Challenges in Move to Block Syrian Refugees]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:32:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gov-bruce-illinois-AP266390360618.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner says his moratorium attempting to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Illinois is simply a request for the Obama administration to "take a deep breath" and tighten the review process...

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<![CDATA[Clinton, Sanders Speak Out About Laquan McDonald Video]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:38:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clinton-Sanders.jpg
Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders preached messages of reform and accountability Wednesday after people across the country watched the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting...

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<![CDATA[Calls for Mayor's Resignation Flood Social Media]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:15:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+mccarthy+laquan.jpg
Chicago residents and activists have taken to social media following the release of the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald to call for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel,...

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<![CDATA[Alvarez Defends Timing of Charges in Laquan McDonald Case]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:20:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/anita+alvarez+presser.jpg
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez defended herself and Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday after critics slammed both of them for delays in filing charges against a Chicago police officer who fatally shot...

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<![CDATA[Fioretti Runs for State Senate Seat]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:44:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
Former mayoral candidate and Chicago alderman Bob Fioretti has tossed his hat into the ring of another political race.]]>
<![CDATA[Candidate Filing for 2016 Primary Elections Begins]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:12:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/candidate+filing+getty.jpg
As a sign that the 2016 elections are inching closer and closer, the frenzied candidate filing for the spring primaries is set to begin Monday morning.

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<![CDATA[Rideshares Cleared for Airport Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:41:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/190*120/GettyImages-450502212.jpg
At the end of a difficult air travel weekend for Chicago comes some big transit news. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that rideshare service Lyft will now be allowed to travel to O'Hare and Midway International...

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<![CDATA['Trumpkin' Creator Meets Trump]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:58:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/candidate+pumpkins.jpg
After his politically-painted pumpkin made waves on the Internet, the man behind the "Trumpkin" got to take his decorated gourd straight to the source.

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<![CDATA[Former Gov. Pat Quinn's Mother Passes Away]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:18:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/eileen+quinn.jpg
Former Gov. Pat Quinn's mother Eileen Quinn passed away this morning, according to sources close to former Gov. Quinn. She was 98 years old.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Lilia Chacon Talks Bernie Sanders]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:44:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000015241622_1200x675_571194947588.jpg
Mary Ann Ahern and Carolin Marin talk to Lilia Chacon, the Iowa spokeswoman for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, in this week's Deep Dish.]]>
<![CDATA[State Rep. Calls for Moratorium on Red Light Cameras in Illinois]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:47:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/20130218RedLightCameras.jpg
Chicago’s speed cameras have been a source of controversy for many in the city, but a recent bill introduced in Springfield hopes to put photo enforcement systems like it on hold.]]>
<![CDATA[Bobby Rush to Hold News Conference Friday ]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:40:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobby+rush+2014.jpg
Congressman Bobby Rush called a news conference Friday to discuss his re-election plans and while most expect him to announce he’s running again, there is speculation he is considering retiring.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Addresses Mistaken Speed Camera Tickets]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:36:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+speed+camera.jpg
After an investigation showed that thousands of mistakes have been made in mailing out tickets from speed cameras, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has responded, insisting that the cameras are doing what they are supposed to...]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Approves Ordinance on Privatization Agreements]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:20:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+city+council+generic.jpg
Chicago's City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday aimed at making future privatization agreements more transparent following the controversial parking meter deal that skyrocketed costs after the meters were...]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Passes Resolution on Syrian Refugees]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:34:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/syrian+family+chicago.jpg
The City Council voted to pass a resolution Wednesday that establishes Chicago as a "sanctuary city" and challenges Gov. Bruce Rauner's authority to temporarily suspend acceptance of Syrian refugees in Illinois...
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<![CDATA[City Council Approves Ban on Drones Near Airports, Schools]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:36:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/drone+in+flight.jpg
City Council approved a measure Wednesday that would ban drones from flying near airports and schools, among other designated places in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[2 Chicago Aldermen Oppose Move to Stop Accepting Syrian Refugees]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:19:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Burke+Resized+p1.jpg
The Chicago City Council is expected to vote on the symbolic resolution at Wednesday's meeting.

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<![CDATA[Harris Officially Announces U.S. Senate Run]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:03:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/napoleon+harris+announces.jpg
After months of speculation, State Sen. Napoleon Harris, a former professional football player turned Illinois lawmaker, announced his official run for U.S. Senate on Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan to Address Budget in Sold-Out City Club Speech]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:54:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/199*120/house+speaker+mike+madigan3.jpg
As the Illinois budget impasse continues into its fifth month, House Speaker Mike Madigan is scheduled to address the crisis at a much anticipated speaking event at the City Club of Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Sarah Palin to Host December Book Signing in Naperville]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:31:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP342668398395.jpg
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is scheduled to make an appearance in Naperville on Dec. 1 to sign copies of her newest book.

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<![CDATA[Gutierrez Slams Rauner for Stance on Syrian Refugees]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:11:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Luis-Gutierrez2.jpg
Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner in a speech on the House floor Tuesday, saying the governor's decision to temporarily suspend acceptance of Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Addresses Chicago Safety at Counterterrorism Summit]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:58:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel+100.png
The annual Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop was held in Chicago Tuesday, but this year it took on special significance as it was held just days after the horrific terror attacks in Paris.

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<![CDATA[FBI Seizes Files on Chicago Aldermen as IG Leaves Post]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:25:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/faisal+khan.jpg
After four years on the job, City Council's first inspector general, Faisal Khan, is leaving his post, but the work he and his staff has done will not be lost.

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<![CDATA[Labor Union Endorses Foxx in State's Attorney Race]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:49:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kim+foxx.jpg
A major labor union in Illinois and Northwest Indiana has endorsed former prosecutor Kim Foxx in the 2016 race for Cook County state's attorney, saying Foxx is an "excellent manager" who is willing to listen to...

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<![CDATA[Illinois to Receive $1.9M in Settlement With For-Profit College]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:22:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/loretta+lynch+edmc.jpg
The state of Illinois is due to receive nearly $2 million in a settlement with a for-profit college education company after whistleblowers claimed the company misled students about education costs and job...

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<![CDATA[Illinois Temporarily Suspends Acceptance of Syrian Refugees]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:09:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner12.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday said Illinois will temporarily suspend accepting Syrian refugees following deadly attacks in Paris last week.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel to Travel to Paris in December]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:34:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+budget+2.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday he will travel to Paris in early December, just a few weeks after a series of deadly terror attacks ravaged the French capital.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Davis Endorses Zopp for Senate]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:26:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Andrea-Zopp.jpg
U.S. Representative Danny Davis endorsed Andrea Zopp today, citing her experience in the public and private sectors as a motivating factor for his choice in the upcoming race for the U.S. Senate.]]>
<![CDATA[Democrats Hold Up Lotto Payouts After Rauner Compromise]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:15:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/illinois+lottery+logo.jpg
After Gov. Bruce Rauner froze the funds that pay out Illinois Lottery earnings last month, the governor made a compromise this week to get the funds flowing again. Now, however, the governor's office says...

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<![CDATA[Western Illinois University Predicts a 2016 Sanders Victory]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:21:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_697840595241.jpg
Western Illinois University's mock election predicted a landslide victory for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, with running mate Martin O'Malley, in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Study: Reps. Rush, Gutierrez Miss Most House Votes]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:48:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobby+rush+luis+gutierrez.jpg
Two Illinois members of the U.S. House of Representatives have missed more House votes than any other member, according to a new study.

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<![CDATA[Bobby Rush Says Former Gang Leaders 'Upset']]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:45:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobby+rush+tyshawn.jpg
After meeting with two former Chicago gang leaders to discuss the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, Congressman Bobby Rush questioned the origin of the hate and violence that led to Tyshawn's death.

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<![CDATA[Robert Blagojevich Details His Fight With Government]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:43:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-85975220.jpg
Robert Blagojevich this week stepped in as guest lecturer at the Chicago Kent College of Law, to present himself as a living, breathing, cautionary tale, about what it’s like to take on the awesome power of the...]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Candidates Hit Midwest for Milwaukee Debate]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:54:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gop+debate+cnbc.jpg
The focus of the debate is on jobs, taxes and the health of the economy as well as domestic and international policy issues, but the latest scandals in the candidates' campaigns will also likely crop up.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Illinois Democrats Favor Hillary Clinton Over Obama]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:34:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+hillary2.jpg
An early poll indicates Illinois Democrats more strongly favor presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton over President Barack Obama, who soundly won his home state eight years ago.

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<![CDATA[Santorum Channels Michael Jordan Ahead of GOP Debate]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:57:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_457237193995.jpg
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum seems to have predicted an outstanding performance on his behalf in Tuesday night's debate in Milwaukee.

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<![CDATA[McCarthy's Wife: Chicago Shootings Impact Their Married Life]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:22:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/garry+mccarthy+pensive.jpg
The wife of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy offered insight into the personal impact of Chicago violence on her husband as well as on their marriage, saying every shooting has an effect on them.

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<![CDATA[Preckwinkle Proposes County Hotel Tax]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 18:05:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000015069503_1200x675_563026499596.jpg
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposed a new county tax on hotels in place of a previously proposed extension of the amusement tax.]]>
<![CDATA[Newt Gingrich to Visit Naperville for Book Signing]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:54:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/newt-gingrich-p1.jpg
Former presidential candidate and House Speaker New Gingrich is scheduled to make a trip to suburban Naperville on Tuesday to showcase a new endeavor.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Reverses Decision on Cuts to Child Care]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:57:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+080515.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner relented on previous cuts he made to the state's Child Care Assistance Program in light of Democratic pressure Monday with an amendment that will allow thousands more children in low-income...]]>
<![CDATA[AG Madigan Asks for Investigation Into Peoples Gas]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:46:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB+Gas+meter.jpg
Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Monday that her office is calling for an investigation into Peoples Gas after a "shocking" audit report revealed the company may have withheld catapulting costs to...

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<![CDATA[Trump to Visit Springfield Ahead of Milwaukee Debate]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:12:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-legisladores-hispanos.jpg
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will return to Illinois Monday for a campaign event, but this time he's avoiding Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel: 'We Are Better as a City Than What We Have Seen']]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 08:31:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+pfleger.jpg
After a particularly violent week in Chicago left a 9-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy and a 20-year-old model dead in separate shootings, Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave an emotional speech about ending the violence...

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Speaks About Tyshawn Lee Murder]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 15:08:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tyshawn+lee.png
Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton spoke about 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee’s murder during a Democratic forum hosted by MSNBC Friday night.
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