<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]> Copyright 2014 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, 01 Sep 2014 23:24:49 -0500 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:24:49 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Politicians Hit Parade Circuit for Labor Day]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:26:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_parade.jpg
9/1/2014: Labor Day was anything but a day off for some politicians working for votes at area parades.]]>
<![CDATA[Tammy Duckworth Announces She's Pregnant ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:32:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy+Duckworth.jpg
Iraq veteran and double amputee from Hoffman Estates expecting baby girl in December.

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<![CDATA[Circle Interchange Renamed After Jane Byrne]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:57:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jane_Byrne_Highway.jpg
First and only female Chicago mayor makes rare appearance at Friday ceremony.]]>
<![CDATA[Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:49:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/071114gavel.jpg
Anshoo Sethi, the social-climbing young con artist who suckered prominent Illinois politicians into supporting his sham real-estate venture, has been indicted on federal charges of wire fraud and making...

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<![CDATA[Quinn vs. Rauner: Who Won the Pseudo-Debate?]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:24:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
It wasn't a debate-debate, but Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner's Thursday showdown could be classified as such—the first round in a series of public mud-slinging appearances preceding November's Illinois...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Taking Emanuel’s Money Could Have Political Costs]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:29:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel-boston.jpg
Aldermanic candidates could potentially suffer at the polls if it comes out they're being supported by an increasingly unpopular mayor.]]>
<![CDATA[Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:22:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
With all the buzz about Karen Lewis possibly running for Chicago mayor, it's sometimes easy to overlook 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti—another vocal critic of Rahm Emanuel—as he too considers whether to throw...]]>
<![CDATA[Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:19:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_emanuelrahmgi.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election super PAC is targeting 53 alderman candidates with a questionnaire designed to weed out pro-Rahm supporters from potential foes. The Sun-Times reports that...

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<![CDATA[Judge Throws Out Koschman Lawsuit Against Police]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:22:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Koschman_7596502_722x406_2177124074.jpg
A federal judge on Thursday threw out a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Nanci Koschman, the mother of 21-year-old David Koschman, who died from a single punch thrown by former Mayor Richard]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Earmarks $10M for "Safe Passage" ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:16:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/safe+passage+generic+2.jpg
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced the state is earmarking $10 million for Chicago Public Schools' "Safe Passage" program that aims to make kids' school routes more secure.

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<![CDATA[Quinn's Staffer Resigns Amid IDOT Controversy]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:17:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pat_quinn16.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn's deputy chief of staff is stepping down amid controversy over allegedly improper patronage hiring inside the Illinois Department of Transportation.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Rauner Cries Poor on the Campaign Trail]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:17:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/bruce+rauner+getty.jpg
The next thing you know, the Rauner campaign will be claiming it doesn't have enough gas money for the campaign bus.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:27:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lewis_rahm.jpg
Last week we analyzed the demographics of those following Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner on Twitter. The results were fascinating. This Wednesday, we turn our attention...]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Declares JRW Championship Day]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:25:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008569211_1200x675_322450499932.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn declared Wednesday Jackie Robinson West Championship Day at the JRW Parade rally.]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Vetoes 70 mph Speed Limit Increase]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:53:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/70-mph-speed-sign.jpg
Bill would have increased speed limit in highways in urban areas.]]>
<![CDATA[Chris Christie's 5 Biggest "Quinn-sults"]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:31:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_christie168254493.jpg
If you don't have anything nice to say about Gov. Pat Quinn, well then sit next to Chris Christie! The mouthy New Jersey governor, Republican Governors Association Chairman and obsessed Springsteen fan returned...

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<![CDATA[How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:29:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
Bruce Rauner has loads of support in suburban and downstate Illinois, but can he trounce Pat Quinn in Chicago? Not a chance. But he's going to try.]]>
<![CDATA[Rod Blagojevich Sends Wife Anniversary Letter From Prison]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:54:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rod-patti-blagojevich-state.jpg
In what might be the highest level of communication the public has seen from him, Rod Blagojevich sent his wife, Patti, a letter this week from prison for the couple's 24th wedding anniversary.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Chris Christie Doesn't Like Democracy]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:10:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_christie168254493.jpg
Maybe the next time Christie comes to town, he can check with the candidate he’s supporting to make sure they've got their stories straight on whether basic democracy is a good idea or not.

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<![CDATA[Daley Scion Patrick Thompson: The Next 11th Ward Alderman?]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:14:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council.jpg
The Daley Kingdom is annointing a new prince. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Patrick Thompson—nephew of ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley and grandson of the famed Richard J. Daley—is eyeing a position on...]]>
<![CDATA[Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:12:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Decision2014Segment182414_1200x675_321161795637.jpg
Joe Biden and Chris Christie, two regular-guy politicians with big mouths and even bigger Oval Office dreams, descended upon Chicago Monday to raise money for the hotly contested Illinois governor race on...]]>
<![CDATA[Biden, Christie Stump for Quinn and Rauner]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:48:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Biden_christie.jpg
The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrat's...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Entire Aldermanic Oversight Process Shrouded in Secrecy]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:04:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council1.jpg
If you didn't know any better, you might think every aspect of City Council oversight in this town is intended to be kept secret from the public.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:39:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner_5_191.jpg
It wasn't a lazy Sunday for Bruce Rauner. Pointing fingers at Springfield, the Republican governor candidate called a Chicago press conference to premiere an attack ad accusing Illinois Democrats of...]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Vetoes Uber Bill In a Win for Ride-Share Companies]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:14:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Uber-Car-Rentals.jpg
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill targeting Uber and other ride-share companies with stiff state-wide regulations including mandatory commercial issurance and chaffeur's licenses for drivers.

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<![CDATA[Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:18:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_Ice_bucket.jpg
Bruce Rauner jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon this weekend.]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:08:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lewis_rahm.jpg
Karen Lewis is getting serious about running for mayor. At an event in Little Village last night, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union boss did not directly mention Rahm Emanuel by name -- another sign that...]]>
<![CDATA[Report Finds IDOT Broke Hiring Rules For Years]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:55:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pat_quinn16.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration not only failed to rein-in political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, the practice seems to have gone into high gear after Quinn replaced disgraced...]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Once Called Quinn an 'Extraordinary' Leader]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:18:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
The Chicago Sun-Times unearths old footage of Bruce Rauner singing Democrats' praises during a November 2010 speech on the National Restaurant Association's decision to keep its annual trade show at...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Patronage Charges May Prove Quinn’s Undoing]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:19:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pat_quinn16.jpg
Every time there’s another headline or report released suggesting Quinn is corrupt, the Rauner campaign has to smile.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Pushes Term Limits Issue]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:41:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
Quinn says he's been pushing for term limits for 20 years, asks Rauner to release taxes]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner and Quinn Go to War on Outsourcing Issue]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:34:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner says he's "never closed a plant and moved jobs overseas or that sort of thing." But evidence proves otherwise.]]>
<![CDATA[Romney and Ryan Reunite in Chicago Thursday]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:03:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_062412_cierre_pena_nieto1.jpg
Romney is interviewing Ryan on stage in Chicago Thursday night. The subject is Ryan's new book, "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea."

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<![CDATA[Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:25:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_foto_de_barack_obama.jpg
As President Barack Obama's foundation reviews locations for his library and museum -- Chicago is the unofficial frontrunner -- voters in his adopted hometown are divided over whether to use taxpayer dollars to...

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<![CDATA[Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:40:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP364891250690.jpg
The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:33:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/chicago+city+hall.jpg
What’s clear is that as far as progressives go in Chicago, the opportunity for a historic moment is upon them.]]>
<![CDATA[Appeals Court Rules Against Term Limits on the Ballot]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:47:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+and+diana+rauner.jpg
Rauner's group insists the measure would be overwhelmingly approved by voters. It would limit legislators to eight years in office, increase the size of the Illinois House, reduce the size of the Senate and make...

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<![CDATA[Rahm to Ed Kelly: Don't Feel Sorry for Me]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:23:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel-juvenile.jpg
Memo to Ed Kelly: Rahm Emanuel doesn't want your pity.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Agrees to Only 3 Debates]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign released a list Wednesday of eight debates and forums ahead of Nov. 4. That list includes a joint live-streamed Sept. 9 Chicago Tribune endorsement session and an]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis' Mayoral Committee Files With Board of Elections]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:46:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-13.jpg
Karen Lewis is one step closer to entering the race for Chicago mayor.]]>
<![CDATA[The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:21:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Uber-Car-Rentals.jpg
As Uber plows into the taxi industry in Illinois, its eye on dominating Chicago, the fast-growing ride-share start-up has recruited David Plouffe to handle the messy political side of

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Aldermen Deserve Kudos for Admitting Mistakes]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:42:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ald.-Bob-Fioretti.jpg
For a politician, coming right out and saying you're sorry for past mistakes is never easy.]]>
<![CDATA[Who Wins Twitter: Quinn vs. Rauner]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:44:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/162211003.jpg
Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner are each using Twitter to get out the vote. Curious about their followers' demographics, Ward Room asked StatSocial -- a company...

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<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Lays Groundwork for Possible Mayoral Run]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:16:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-19.jpg
CTU president says she's filed financial paperwork, plans to circulate petitions, but hasn't made an official decision.]]>
<![CDATA[Inspector General: Illinois Spent Too Much Federal Medicaid Money]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:15:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cash1095723.jpg
An audit by the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveals that Illinois overdrew on its federal Medicaid account due to "faulty" and "imprecise" bookkeeping.

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<![CDATA[Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:49:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ed-kelly.jpg
Is Rahm Emanuel "Chicago" enough? Still spry at 90 years old, Ed Kelly -- the former Chicago Park District Superintendent -- answers in the negative, not holding back when asked about the embattled mayor during...]]>