<![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 Sun, 24 May 2015 08:49:19 -0500 Sun, 24 May 2015 08:49:19 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Closing Arguments Heard in Park Grill Lawsuit]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:16:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Park_Grill.jpg
A videotape from a meeting 13 years ago has surfaced, complicating the case between the City of Chicago and Millennium Park's Park Grill restaurant even more.]]>
<![CDATA[Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Sent to Rauner's Desk]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:51:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/732453081.jpg
Illinois Senators on Thursday followed House action from last month that makes small amounts of pot subject to fine rather than arrest.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Senate OKs Bobcat Hunting]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:22:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobcat+bill+vetoed.jpg
The legislation would allow the Department of Natural Resources to issue as many as 200 permits a year to keep the animal's population in check.]]>
<![CDATA[Proposal Eases Navy Pier Booze Rules]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 10:41:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/beer36.jpg
Mayor Emanuel proposed a new ordinance during city council allowing visitors to carry an open container of alcohol throughout Navy Pier.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Expresses Concerns About State Officials in Op-Ed]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:55:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner1.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner took aim at “old guard” state officials Thursday in an op-ed in which he writes that Illinois’ problem with insiders controlling state government “is worse than I ever imagined.”]]>
<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Packs a Punch With 5 Workout Tips]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 16:39:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MichelleObamaPunching.jpg
Five years after launching her Let’s Move campaign to fight childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama released a short video on Twitter with five tips for healthier living.]]>
<![CDATA[McCarthy: "Mistakes" Were Made in Ferguson]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 14:31:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mccarthy-city-club.jpg
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Wednesday told members of the City Club of Chicago that “enormous mistakes” were made in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 following the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael...]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Says Video of Sleeping Cop "There For All to See"]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 16:48:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sleeping-cop-1.jpg
A Chicago police officer could face disciplinary action after a video surfaced on social media showing the officer sleeping in a parked squad car.]]>
<![CDATA[Moody's Addresses City Club of Chicago]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 20:12:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/moodys-city-club.jpg
A discussion about the city's finances brought a full house to the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Judge Allows Union-Fee Suit to Proceed Without Rauner]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 17:42:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic-gavel.jpg
A federal judge has allowed Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit over union fees paid by non-union workers to proceed — without the governor.

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<![CDATA[This Time Around, a New Day for Rahm Instead of Chicago]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 15:27:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+inauguration+getty.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces many of the same issues he faced four years ago, but this time around it seems possible Chicago will see a bigger change in the mayor than in the city.

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<![CDATA[Obama Shatters Guinness' Twitter Record]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-blackberry-459365998.jpg
President Obama shattered a Twitterverse record when his new account @POTUS got one million followers in less than five hours, according to Guinness World Records. The Monday Twitter record beat one previously...

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton to Host Two Fundraisers in Chicago ]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 13:54:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP590093598343.jpg
The two events will be held at the homes of two well-known donors -- media businessman Fred Eychaner and billionaire entrpreneur J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K.]]>
<![CDATA[What Chicago Needs to Do After Moody's Downgrade]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 15:10:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+skyline+tripadvisor.jpg
In an attempt to calm fears and provide some clarity on Chicago's recent junk-bond downgrade, Moody's issued a Q-and-A-style report explaining the meaning of the downgrade and what it means for Chicago. ]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Speech Focuses on Kids, Violence]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 19:04:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000012452875_1200x675_447327299781.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speech at his second inauguration comes after a weekend that saw nearly 50 shootings. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Pfleger Blames Budget Cuts for Rise in Violence]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 16:17:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ft.-Michael-Pfleger.jpg
After a particularly bloody weekend in Chicago, Fr. Michael Pfleger pointed to Gov. Bruce Rauner's declared budget cuts as a future obstacle in stemming the violence.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Insults Crowd Member at Inauguration]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 12:22:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/rahm+pointing+inauguration.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel started off his inauguration speech Monday with some laughter, and a slight jab at an enthusiastic audience member.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Joins Twitter, Follows Chicago Sports Teams]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 13:38:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-blackberry-459365998.jpg
President Barack Obama finally has entered the Twittersphere on his own terms.

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<![CDATA[Rahm to Chicagoans: "You Must Do Your Part, Too"]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 11:47:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+inauguration1.jpg
In a scaled-back inauguration ceremony for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 50 city aldermen and citywide elected officials Monday, the mayor spoke on a similar platform to the one he campaigned on four years ago.

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<![CDATA[Andrea Zopp: "I'm Running" For U.S. Senate]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 12:19:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Andrea-Zopp.jpg
Andrea Zopp has made up her mind about a run for U.S. Senate.]]>
<![CDATA[House to Vote on Rauner's "Right-to-Work" Proposal]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 12:24:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/madigan+pension.jpg
The Illinois House of Representatives will vote Thursday on Gov. Bruce Rauner's contentious "right-to-work" proposal, but the vote may be more of a show of force than an effective move in legislation. ]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Mayor to Appear Regularly on "Chicago Tonight"]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 11:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+tonight+photo.JPG
With the official start of his second term less than a week away, Mayor Rahm Emanuel seems to be making good on his promise to be make some changes in his leadership style.

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<![CDATA[What To Expect From Presidential Library in Chicago]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 18:01:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+books.JPG
After months of speculation, the announcement of where the Barack Obama Presidential Library will be built is expected on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Obama Library Coming to South Side of Chicago]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 19:32:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP464425549785.jpg
The Barack Obama Foundation on Tuesday announced that the South Side of Chicago will be the home of the future Barack Obama Presidential Center.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Bustos Offers Tickets to Taylor Swift Concert]]> Sun, 10 May 2015 10:48:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cheri+bustos+2014.jpg
If you missed attending the Katy Perry concert with former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, you may still be in luck. You can now go to a Taylor Swift concert with another member of Congress from Illinois.

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<![CDATA[Alderman: No Tax Credit for "Chiraq" Film]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 10:45:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/spike+lee1.jpg
Just the name alone – “Chiraq” – is enough to stir the pot with city officials, and it’s been a heated week for Spike Lee’s controversial film.

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<![CDATA[Alvarez Ready for Democratic Primary Fight]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 21:37:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Anita-Alvarez3.jpg
Several people appear to be preparing to challenge Anita Alvarez for her job as Cook County State's Attorney. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Is Aaron Schock Looking for a Job in Chicago?]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 13:09:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron-schock-representante-republicano-renuncia.jpg
A lawyer whose client is suing Aaron Schock may not know where the former representative is, but the disgraced Schock is not hiding. He's just looking for a new job, maybe in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Obama Library: How Big an Economic Boost Chicago Can Expect]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 09:13:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+books.JPG
If President Obama’s library and museum is built on Chicago’s South Side as expected, proponents say it could provide an economic boost to an area that the president himself once worked to revitalize.

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