<![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-usSat, 25 Mar 2017 19:19:35 -0500Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:19:35 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Deep Dish: The Latest in Illinois Politics]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:42:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022785586_1200x675_905999427526.jpg
Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the latest headlines in Illinois politics.]]>
<![CDATA[Rush Cancels DC Trip as Health Care Vote is Postponed]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:41:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobby+rush+2014.jpg
Congressman Bobby Rush, who is mourning the loss of his wife after she passed away last week, was going to fly to Washington D.C. for the vote on the new GOP health care plan, but has changed his travel...

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<![CDATA[Officer in Laquan McDonald Shooting Faces New Charges]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:21:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/van-dyke-032317-1.JPG
New charges have been filed against the Chicago police officer who fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, according to court documents released Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Disability Rights Advocates Rally Against Trump's Repeal and Replace Plan]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:25:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022742344_1200x675_904215107651.jpg
With the vote in the House of Representatives Thursday -- those who rely on current health care plan are worried it will leave them without the coverage they need. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Activists Seek New Law to Keep Funerals Safe from Violence ]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:03:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/church+chicago+police+tape.png
As Chicago’s violence continues to reach new levels, activists say a moment that was once off limits is now making vulnerable, grieving families targets.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Lawmakers Reject 'Barack Obama Day': Report]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:43:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632202240.png
Tributes to former President Obama have abounded since he left office last month, but some Illinois lawmakers are looking to honor their former colleague in a way that literally only they can.

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<![CDATA[Jackson Says Family is $1.8M in Debt]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:29:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jesse+jackson+jr+getty.JPG
Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. says his family is $1.8 million in debt and it would be in everyone’s best interest to sell the couple’s Washington home, but his wife Sandi’s alleged intransigence on...]]>
<![CDATA[A Look at the 2018 Race for Governor]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:13:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AP_16337761669281.jpg
One year from today, voters will cast their ballots in the Illinois primary. At the top of the ticket -- the governor's race. Mary Ann Ahern reports. 

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<![CDATA[State Treasurer's Office Auctioning Off Unclaimed Property]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:46:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/prop+auction.png
Someone's lost or forgotten treasures could soon be yours.]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Biss Announces Run for Illinois Governor]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:44:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sen._biss.png
The Democratic field for Illinois governor is adding one more candidate.

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<![CDATA[No Discussion of Consent Decree in Johnson-Sessions Meeting]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:34:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/johnson+dc.png
At a meeting with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and other big city chiefs Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made no mention of the sweeping reforms the Justice Department had outlined...]]>
<![CDATA[Supt. Johnson to Ask AG for Agents, Resources in Sit-Down]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:07:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Johnson+Sessions.png
Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson will meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C. Thursday to ask for more federal agents and resources to help curb the city’s gun...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel, Other US Mayors File Brief Against Travel Ban]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:44:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel14.png
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined three other major U.S. city leaders Tuesday in filing a brief in the federal district court in Seattle challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the city announced in...

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<![CDATA[Pritzker Files Exploratory Committee to Run for Governor]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:18:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-170447248.png
Chicago billionaire J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that he filed to create an exploratory committee to run for Illinois governor in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Gutierrez Handcuffed After Refusing to Leave ICE Office]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:30:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gutierrez+ICE+cuffed.png
Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez was briefly handcuffed after refusing to leave a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Chicago on Monday.

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<![CDATA[US Attorney Fardon Resigns Following AG Sessions' Order]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:01:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-631617076+%281%29.jpg
U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon of the Northern District of Illinois resigned Monday, a spokesperson for his office confirmed to NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[More than 1,100 to Take Unpaid Leave for 5 Days at NEIU]]> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:05:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/neiu0310.png
Around fourteen hundred employees at North Eastern Illinois University will be forced to take unpaid leave for five days over the university’s spring break due to the state budget crisis, officials say.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: March Madness of Politics]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/deep+dish+carol+ahern.png
Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin detail this week's "wild and wacky" political stories. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fardon Among 46 US Attorneys Asked to Resign]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:52:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/fardon.png
U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon of the Northern District of Illinois is among 46 U.S. Attorneys being asked to resign by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department said Friday. Sources tell NBC...]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Lauds Sessions for Targeting Violent Offenders]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:43:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+GettyImages-632695102.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel lauded Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday for directing federal prosecutors to target the country’s most significant violent offenders.

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<![CDATA[Kennedy: Rauner is 'Holding the State Budget Hostage']]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:52:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chris-kennedy1.jpg
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy slammed Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday, faulting the Republican for Illinois’ ongoing budget stalemate.]]>
<![CDATA[Ill. House Votes to Make October 'Zombie Preparedness Month']]> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:30:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zombiesinchicago.jpg
The Illinois House adopted a resolution last month designating October of this year as “Zombie Preparedness Month.”

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper Announces CPS Schools Receiving Funding]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:58:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/chance+cos.png
After announcing Monday that he’ll donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper offered a list of CPS schools Thursday that will each receive an additional $10,000 in funding from his...
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<![CDATA[Supt. Johnson Testifies in Springfield About New Gun Bill]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:58:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/eddie+johnson3.png
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson headed to Springfield Thursday to attend a hearing about a new gun bill he has repeatedly pleaded with lawmakers to pass.

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<![CDATA[Rauner: Top Dems Are Colluding to ‘Create a Crisis']]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:39:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+1214.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner accused some of Illinois’ top Democrats Wednesday of colluding to “create a crisis and shut down the government.”

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<![CDATA[CTU Considering One-Day Strike in May]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:25:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/218*120/karen+lewis+ctu1.png
The Chicago Teachers Union said it is considering another one-day walkout as the district says it may have to end the school year early.]]>
<![CDATA[Ill. Bill Could Lower Drinking Age With Parental Consent]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:49:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Craft-Beer-Generic-Getty-1.jpg
A proposed bill in Illinois could soon lower the state’s drinking age with parental consent.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Relates Cubs' Turnaround to Illinois Politics]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:32:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+ricketts.png
During a conversation Wednesday with Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Gov. Bruce Rauner related the organization's recent turnaround to his attempts to overhaul the state government.

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<![CDATA[Roskam Says Tele Town Hall is Political Event]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:21:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-100610347.png
Congressman Peter Roskam's latest Telephone Town Hall was a campaign event and not official congressional business, his office said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA['Individual A' Wants to Remain Anonymous in Hastert Case]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:02:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert+Update.png
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s primary accuser, identified in court documents variously as “Individual A” or “James Doe”, will seek to keep his name out of ongoing court proceedings, even if those...

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<![CDATA[Roskam Holds Tele-Town Hall Amid Complaints of Short Notice]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:25:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-100610347.png
Congressman Peter Roskam was scheduled to hold a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday night, yet some constituents said they were given little notice - another development in the ongoing saga surrounding Roskam's...

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<![CDATA[Local Politicians React to Health Care Bill]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:30:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022483120_1200x675_892490819845.jpg
Republicans have unveiled their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare but it's already facing tough criticism from both side of the aisle. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA['Emperor Wears No Clothes': Rauner, Emanuel Trade Barbs]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:52:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+rahm+emperor.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel faulted Gov. Bruce Rauner for the continued gridlock in Springfield on Tuesday, urging the Republican to "just do your job."]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Open to Signing CPS, Pension Bills Without Bargain]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:33:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner4.png
Facing mounting public pressure, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he’s willing to sign off on bills to fund Chicago Public Schools and reform the state’s pension system, even if they’re not attached to the Illinois’...]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Treasurer Asks Trump for Details on Pot Enforcement]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:37:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592213300-marijuana-generic.jpg
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs penned a letter Monday to President Donald Trump asking for clarity on his administration’s plan for federal enforcement in states with medical marijuana programs, like...

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper to Announce CPS Schools Receiving Funding]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:16:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17065779497714-sm.jpg
After announcing Monday that he’ll donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper is expected to offer a list of CPS schools Tuesday that will each receive an additional $10,000 in funding...

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<![CDATA[Protesters Wait Outside Roskam's City Club Speech]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:31:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/roskam.png
Congressman Peter Roskam says the one town hall he did in his 10 years as congressman was miserable. On Monday, he spoke at the City Club, focusing on reforming tax code. He did not take any reporter questions...]]>