<![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 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:07:15 -0500 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:07:15 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Judge Gives Mel Reynolds 1 Day to Find New Housing]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:51:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mel-reynolds.jpg
Mel Reynolds has a problem. The federal government does not like where he lives. So much so, that at one point Thursday, the former congressman was effectively homeless.]]>
<![CDATA[Poll: Scott Walker Leads GOP Field in Illinois]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:37:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP120605022298.jpg
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls in Illinois, according to early polls released Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Patti Blagojevich Weighs In on Poaching of Lion]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:03:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/patti+and+cecil.jpg
Former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich has weighed in on the controversy surrounding a Minnesota doctor who is accused of poaching a beloved lion at a game preserve in Zimbabwe.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Kirk 'Not Surprised' Top Donor Flip Flops on Support]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mark+kirk+ECPA.jpg
A top GOP fundraiser who initially called for Sen. Mark Kirk to step down has reversed his stance and pledged his support for the senator's re-election bid in a move that Kirk's campaign says is not surprising.

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<![CDATA[Aldermen Propose Ban on Drones Near Airports, Schools]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:52:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-480744986_master.jpg
Two Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Wednesday to City Council to ban drones from flying near airports and schools, among other designated places.

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<![CDATA[Alderman Proposes Tax on Sugary Drinks]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:18:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/soda5.jpg
Ald. George Cardenas submitted a proposal to City Council Wednesday to help tackle the city budget and simultaneously decrease obesity rates in the city.

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<![CDATA[City Council Votes to End Trash Pickup at Some Buildings]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:12:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+garbage+truck.jpg
In a bid to bolster the city's budget, Chicago's City Council voted Wednesday to end free garbage collection at large apartment buildings.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Rauner Stops Payment of Video Gambling Profits]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:35:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/video+gambling+getty.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner has frozen all the money cities and towns in Illinois make from video gambling and riverboat casinos until a state budget passes.

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<![CDATA[City Council Passes Ban on Gun-Shaped Phone Cases]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:31:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gun+cellphone+case.jpg
Chicago's City Council voted Wednesday to outlaw the sale and possession of gun-shaped cellphone cases in Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Walker to Hit Chicago, Bloomington on Campaign Trail]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:37:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_905614900265.jpg
GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker is scheduled to make a few campaign stops in Illinois Monday for the first time since he announced his candidacy earlier this month.

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<![CDATA[No Vote in City Council Over $3M 'Chi-Raq' Tax Credit]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:19:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/spike+lee+getty.jpg
Chicago's Finance Committee discussed Monday whether or not Spike Lee’s film company can receive a $3 million tax break for filming the upcoming movie “Chi-Raq” in Illinois, but the vote will not head to...]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Durbin Calls for Federal Probe Into Bland's Death]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:13:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dick+durbin+2014.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin has called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of suburban Chicago woman Sandra Bland, who was found hanged to death in a Texas jail cell earlier this month.

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<![CDATA[Dennis Rodman Tweets Support for Donald Trump]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:50:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/tlmd_1dennisrodmansentencia.jpg
Donald Trump has won the backing of flamboyant former Bulls player Dennis Rodman, who tweeted his support for his "great friend" on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Robert Blagojevich: The Court’s Account is "Flat Out Not True"]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:37:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-85975220.jpg
Rebuffed in his efforts to gain a new trial, or at least, a new sentence for the many crimes a jury says he committed, Rod Blagojevich remains in a federal prison in Englewood, Colorado, as his lawyers scramble...]]>
<![CDATA[Spirit Airlines Revives Blagojevich-Themed Deal]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:35:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blogo-trial-P2.jpg
With former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's return to the headlines, Spirit Airlines revived a Blagojevich-themed deal on airline tickets.

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<![CDATA[Zopp Calls for 'Thorough' Investigation Into Bland Case]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:46:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Andrea-Zopp.jpg
Senate contender Andrea Zopp released a statement Wednesday calling for a full investigation into the case of suburban woman Sandra Bland, saying she is "deeply disturbed by (Bland's) arrest, detention...]]>
<![CDATA[Appellate Lawyer Urges Blagojevich to "Fight On"]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:58:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/len+goodman.jpg
The lawyer for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich called a federal appeals court decision Tuesday to overturn five of 18 convictions against Blagojevich "improper" and urged Blagojevich to "fight on."]]>
<![CDATA[Patti Blagojevich: "We Are Very Disappointed"]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:39:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/patti+blagojevich+and+daughter.jpg
The wife of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich says she and her family are disappointed with a federal appeals court's decision Tuesday to overturn five of 18 counts against her husband.

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<![CDATA[What the Court's Decision Means for Blagojevich ]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:58:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blagoooo.JPG
A federal appeals court's decision to overturn five convictions against Rod Blagojevich Tuesday may be good news for the former governor, but it is far from a victory.

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<![CDATA[5 Counts Against Blagojevich the Court Threw Out]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:36:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-840938631.jpg
The other 12 counts remain intact and Blagojevich must stay in prison, but a federal appeals court's decision to throw out five counts could change his sentence. The five counts in question relate to wire fraud,...

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<![CDATA[Key Points From Court of Appeals' Blagojevich Decision ]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:42:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blago-crowd-P1.jpg
Key points from a federal appeals court decision to vacate five of Rod Blagojevich's convictions

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<![CDATA[Court Overturns Some Rod Blagojevich Convictions]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:53:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rod+blagojevich+1+year.jpg
Five of the counts on which former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted were overturned but because the remaining counts were left intact, Blagojevich remains in prison.]]>
<![CDATA['Not for a Billboard': Chicago Alderman Blocks Construction]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:56:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/wilson+lamon.jpg
A North Side Chicago alderman parked his car in front of a bulldozer Monday morning to stop construction on a street in his ward.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Reacts to Trump's Comments on Sen. McCain's Military Service]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:39:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000013374700_1200x675_488044099600.jpg
Illinois politicians react to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent comments about Sen. John McCain's military service and prisoners of war. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk, Duckworth Defend McCain After Trump's Remark]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:50:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kirk+mccain+duckworth.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth took to Twitter to defend Sen. John McCain after GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted the former prisoner of war, saying he is "not a war hero."

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<![CDATA[Why is Rahm Emanuel in Paris This Week?]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:43:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+april+6+getty.jpg
The mayor's itinerary includes a tour of the Seine Riverwalk and several meetings with Paris officials, but the length of his stay and the exact reason are unclear.

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<![CDATA[Not All Plastic Banned as Grocery Bag Law Soon Begins]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:48:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jewel+twinkie+bag.jpg
The new ban on plastic grocery bags in Chicago goes into effect Aug. 1, but many stores won't ditch the plastic completely.

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<![CDATA[Sweet Corn Becomes Official Illinois State Vegetable]]> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:18:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sweet+corn+getty.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday after state Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview introduced it to honor the request of a group of fourth-graders.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks to Open New Concept Store in Englewood]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:18:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP584464016824.jpg
First Whole Foods, now Starbucks -- Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood will soon see another major business development.

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<![CDATA[Forrest Claypool Named New CEO of CPS]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:00:19 -0500 Forrest Claypool | CTA President
Claypool is the former Cook County commissioner, Chicago Park District superintendent, deputy state treasurer, Mayor Daley’s chief of staff and Cook County Board of Tax Appeals deputy commissioner. | Read Full Profile. ]]>
Forrest Claypool | CTA President
Claypool is the former Cook County commissioner, Chicago Park District superintendent, deputy state treasurer, Mayor Daley’s chief of staff and Cook County Board of Tax Appeals deputy commissioner. | Read Full Profile. ]]>

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named Forrest Claypool the new CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

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<![CDATA[Cook County Board Approves Sales Tax Increase]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:54:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/preckwinkle-suntimes.jpg
Cook County commissioners on Wednesday approved a proposal by the board president to raise the county sales tax by 1 percent, making Chicago's sales tax rate the highest in the nation.

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