<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usWed, 01 Jun 2016 02:33:02 -0500Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:33:02 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Stunning Failure': No Budget Solution Reached as Spring Legislative Session Ends]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 23:53:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
Illinois’ budget standoff will likely stretch into its second year as lawmakers were still unable to come to an agreement in the final hours before the end of the spring legislative session Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Introduces Bills to Fund Schools, Social Services]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 21:21:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_863097762336-sm.jpg
With no confidence in a bipartisan budget solution, Gov. Bruce Rauner introduced two stopgap bills Tuesday dedicated to funding the state's K-12 education and other essential government services, like state...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Override Rauner's Pension Veto]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 11:39:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+mccarthy+laquan.jpg
During a Monday press conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lauded Illinois lawmakers’ effort to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a plan to reduce Chicago's payments to its police and fire pension funds.

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<![CDATA[City Settles Police 'Code of Silence' Suit for $2M]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:47:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-502932352.jpg
A Federal judge stuck to his guns Friday, ruling the city cannot just admit that a code of silence exists within the Chicago Police Department -- he wants to hear Mayor Rahm Emanuel describe it for himself.

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Vote to Override Rauner's Veto on Chicago Pension Bill]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 18:34:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+rahm+0527.jpg
In an unexpected move Monday, both the Illinois Senate and House have voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto on a plan to reduce Chicago's payments to its police and fire pension funds.

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Work on Memorial Day as Budget Deadline Looms]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:12:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield+shorts.jpg
Illinois lawmakers expressed frustration Monday as the deadline approaches a budget plan. If no budget is agreed to on Tuesday it will be the second missed deadline since Gov. Bruce Rauner was elected. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lawmakers in Springfield; No Compromise in Sight]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 08:42:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield+capitol+0515.jpg
In a rare Sunday session, lawmakers are back in Springfield ahead of the May 31st deadline, but the one person who is not there— Mayor Rahm Emanuel— is being singled out by Governor Bruce...]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Presidential Campaigns Pass $1 Billion Mark]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 20:44:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000017997141_1200x675_694516291705.jpg
Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin review the week in politics in this week's deep dish.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program Extended to 2020]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 17:14:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg
Rep. Lou Lang announced an agreement with Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday to extend the state’s medical marijuana pilot program to 2020.

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Return to Springfield Sunday for Budget Hearings]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 17:13:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/madigan+and+rauner.jpg
Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield Sunday to hash out a potential budget plan with the deadline to make a deal coming at the end of the month.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Attack Ads Target House Dems Who Voted for Madigan Budget]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 13:46:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mike+madigan+serious.jpg
A Republican political committee has released a stream of online attack ads focused on Illinois House Democrats running for reelection who voted in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s recent budget...

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<![CDATA[Rauner: 'Let’s Get Reforms, Let’s Get a Truly Balanced Budget']]> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:04:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+flag.jpg
Amid the state’s ongoing budget battle, Gov. Bruce Rauner continued to push for reforms and a bipartisan budget solution during a brief press conference Friday.

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<![CDATA[House Democrats Pass Budget Bill, Rauner Plans Veto]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:29:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-AP_745939433751.jpg
Illinois House Democrats pushed through a budget proposal Wednesday that looks to give extra aid to Chicago Public Schools, but the governor’s office has threatened to veto the measure, according to the...

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<![CDATA[Plan to Bar Yoga Teacher Training Heads to Rauner's Desk]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 12:47:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Yoga+2.png
A measure that prohibits new state regulations for yoga teachers will be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk Thursday to be signed into law.

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<![CDATA[CPS Leaders Head to Springfield to Fight for Funding]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 13:00:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/KK_AP_46152099546.jpg
Chicago Public Schools will take its plea for funding to the governor's front door Thursday as the district faces drastic cuts without help from Springfield.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Police Ramp Up Patrols Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 18:23:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/208*120/chicago+police+downtown.png
Chicago police are asking officers to work overtime during Memorial Day weekend in an effort to prevent city violence during the long holiday weekend that has previously been marred by bloodshed.]]>
<![CDATA[Parents Protest CPS Budget Cuts With Mock Bake Sale]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 17:55:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/197*120/cps+bake+sale.png
Selling things like misfortune cookies, parents of Chicago Public Schools students protested the planned budget cuts that could result in teacher layoffs and larger class sizes. Susan Carlson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Could Dick Durbin Run for Governor in 2018?]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:56:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP232834530121.jpg
Rumors have cropped up in recent weeks regarding Sen. Dick Durbin’s potential run for Illinois Governor in 2018, although the senator has called the claims “a waste of time and breath.”

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<![CDATA[Proposed Rideshare Ordinance Prompts Protests in Chicago]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 11:43:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/image1233.JPG
A newly proposed ridesharing ordinance is making its way through Chicago’s City Council and while taxi drivers say the ordinance would help level the playing field, rideshare employees aren’t so pleased.

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<![CDATA[Duncan Named to Lucas Museum Board of Directors]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 08:46:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/arne+duncan+common+core+sd.jpg
Lucas Museum officials announced the appointment of Arne Duncan as a member of its board of directors Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Stands By Turnaround Agenda as Budget Deadline Looms]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 22:34:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_386110439915-BruceRauner.jpg
During a Monday press conference, Gov. Bruce Rauner stood by his pro-business, union-weakening Turnaround Agenda as the deadline looms for legislators to pass a state budget next week.

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<![CDATA[Kirk, Duckworth React to VA Chief Comparing Wait Times to Disney]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 02:45:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aumenta-pase-anual-disneyland-los-angeles-california2.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth responded to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald’s comments Monday comparing VA wait times to those at Disney resorts.]]>
<![CDATA[Parents Question CPS After High Lead Levels Found at City School]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 21:19:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/tanner+elementary.png
Parents upset after testing revealed higher than normal lead levels in a Chicago elementary school questioned Chicago Public Schools officials Tuesday on why such testing hadn’t been done sooner.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Proposes City Ordinance to Restore Police Credibility]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:34:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-505859332.jpg
As Chicago braces for a potentially violent summer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new plan aiming to restore credibility to the city’s embattled police department.

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<![CDATA[Deadline Nears for Lawmakers to Pass State Budget]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 20:58:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/198*120/84470699.jpg
The clock is ticking in Springfield as state lawmakers only have until the end of the month to pass a budget for this fiscal year.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Could Testify on CPD Code of Silence After Judge's Ruling]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 18:24:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+0403+radio.jpg
A Federal judge stuck to his guns Friday, ruling the city cannot just admit that a code of silence exists within the Chicago Police Department -- he wants to hear Mayor Rahm Emanuel describe it for himself.]]>
<![CDATA[CPS Expands Testing After School Shows High Levels of Lead]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 10:01:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/210*120/cps+claypool.png
After launching a pilot program to test lead levels in Chicago Public Schools, the district announced Friday that they would expand testing after lead levels were detected at some schools.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Looking Back 6 Months Ater McDonald Shooting Video Released]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 18:08:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000017895821_1200x675_689917507682.jpg
Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin review the week in politics in this week's deep dish.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 17:03:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/election-18-GettyImages-524566100.jpg
A plan that would enable Illinois residents to automatically register to vote when they apply for, update or renew a driver’s license or state ID passed out of the Illinois Senate Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Ousted Principal Wins Election for Head of Administrators Association]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 17:13:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/laraviere+blaine.png
Embattled Chicago Public School principal Troy LaRaviere, who has been charged by the district and reassigned without a school, has won the post as President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators...]]>
<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton to Hold Fundraisers in Park Ridge, Chicago Thursday]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 11:16:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clinton-in-dc.jpg
Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is slated to host fundraising events in Park Ridge and Chicago Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Holds 2 Chicago-Area Fundraisers Thursday]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 08:57:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526926306.jpg
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming home to raise campaign cash Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Oppose Alderman’s Rules for Wrigley’s Outdoor Plaza]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 21:32:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wrigley+field+bleachers+0506.jpg
Ald. Tom Tunney introduced an updated ordinance Wednesday relating to Wrigley Field’s proposed outdoor plaza, but the Cubs called some of the rules unfair.]]>
<![CDATA[Glassdoor to Add Chicago Office, 400 Jobs]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 18:42:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/glass-door1.jpg
Mayor Emanuel announced a deal Tuesday to bring Glassdoor, a leading jobs and recruiting marketplace, to Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Signs Point to Disconnect Between City Council, Chicago Mayor]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 15:37:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-505859332.jpg
More clues surfaced at Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is experiencing perhaps the toughest period of his tenure.

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<![CDATA[Aldermen Look to Add Privatized Security to Chicago Airports]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 23:08:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/topNews-GettyImages-531740016.jpg
A group of Chicago aldermen have called for the privatization of the security screening process at Chicago airports, citing long lines and delays for travelers at the major Midwest hubs.

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<![CDATA[City Council Committee Approves House-Sharing Regulations]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 21:38:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/airbnb-stock-image-airbnb-generic.jpg
The Chicago City Council Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to approve regulations on house-sharing businesses, like Airbnb.

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<![CDATA[Legislative Round-Up: Top Legislative Leaders Meet in Springfield]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 22:06:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/budget+summit+rauner.jpg
The Illinois General Assembly reconvened in Springfield Tuesday in the midst of the state's ongoing budget stalemate.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago School Budget Cuts Could be Worse Than Expected: CPS]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 21:55:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cps+headquarters+generic.jpg
Chicago Public Schools officials have been preparing principals for massive budget cuts for the next school year, but on Tuesday, it was revealed those cuts could reach up to 30 percent.]]>
<![CDATA[Airbnb Asks City Council to Delay Vote on House-Sharing Regulations]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 19:19:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AIRBNB5.jpg
As Chicago’s City Council preps a Tuesday joint committee vote on regulations on house-sharing businesses, Airbnb issued a statement voicing opposition to the measure and asking lawmakers to postpone the vote.]]>