<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:31:53 -0500Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:31:53 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Report: FBI Says Hackers Breached Illinois Voter System]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hacker506944962.jpg
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly warning election officials across the country after it found evidence that foreign hackers were able to infiltrate state election databases in Illinois...

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper Touches on Laquan McDonald Shooting]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:44:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chance+the+rapper+0406.jpg
During an interview with GQ released this week, Chance the Rapper reflected on the fatal 2014 police-involved shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald.]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel, Brothers Reflect on Childhood in Chicago]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:17:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-AP_26810618177.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have grown up like many other rambunctious children with two brothers, but there was something about his childhood that may have primed him for success.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Named One of the Worst States to Live in for Taxes]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:09:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tax+refund+check_resized.jpg
Illinois was ranked one of the nation’s worst states for taxes in a new survey released Thursday by financial forecaster Kiplinger.

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<![CDATA[CTU to Vote on Tentative October Strike Date: Sources]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:10:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_340795606680.jpg
Chicago Public Schools teachers will be heading to work on Monday, but talks of a potential strike are ongoing and sources say the teachers union is eyeing a date in October.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel Briefs Aldermen on Changes to Chicago's IPRA]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:13:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+082416+ipra.jpg
After months of promising to revamp the Chicago agency that investigates police misconduct, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a brief and reportedly contentious appearance in front of Chicago aldermen Thursday...]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel: Ambassador to Israel Rumors Are 'Ridiculous']]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:40:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+0403+radio.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to rumors Thursday that he could be the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Unveils Plans for New Tennis Facility in Chicago]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:43:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/168*120/rahm+tennis.jpg
What used to be a housing project in Washington Park will soon be transformed into a tennis and academic mecca for South Side children, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced. Kye Martin reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Poll: Chicago Voters Trust Rahm Over Rauner on City Budget]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:48:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+rahm+0527.jpg
A new poll conducted for the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows that Chicago voters trust Mayor Rahm Emanuel to handle Chicago's budget over Gov. Bruce Rauner.]]>
<![CDATA[State Rep. Looks to Protect Parks from Pokemon Go Traffic]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:52:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/575424400-pokemon-go-generic.jpg
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy filed legislation Tuesday to protect parks and other properties from Pokemon GO traffic.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Administration Outlines Water and Sewer Tax Hike]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:06:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+GettyImages-502932336.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration outlined a recently-drafted water and sewer tax hike that would go into effect in 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[White House Hits Kirk on 'Drug Dealer in Chief' Comment]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:04:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/markkirk12345.jpg
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked Wednesday about Sen. Mark Kirk likening President Barack Obama to “the drug dealer in chief” for making a $400 million cash payment to Iran that was tied to the...]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk, Duckworth Spar at Agricultural Legislative Roundtable]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:14:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+kirk+illinois.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth participated in an agricultural roundtable Wednesday in Normal, taking the stage separately and trading barbs throughout the day.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Trump Campaign Manager Talks Canceled Chicago Rally]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:29:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/514807380-corey-lewandowski.jpg
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, reflected on Trump’s canceled Chicago rally during a television appearance Monday.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Board of Education Votes to Approve $5.4B Budget]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:24:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cps+headquarters+generic.jpg
The Chicago Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve a $5.4 billion budget that relies heavily on a series of property tax increases and borrowing for the financially struggling school district.]]>
<![CDATA[Police Respond to Trump's Claim About Chicago's Violence]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:14:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+police+GettyImages-500346628.jpg
The Chicago Police Department on Tuesday denied Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that he met with a "top" Chicago officer and argued the city's violence would not be solved with "tough...

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<![CDATA[Trump Says Chicago's Violence Can Be Stopped in a Week]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:06:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592602866.jpg
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump told Bill O’Reilly Monday that he thought Chicago’s violence could be stopped within a week using “tough police tactics."

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Announces Improved TSA Wait Times at O'Hare Airport]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:46:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+tsa+presser+0823.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that wait times at O’Hare International Airport’s peak Transportation Security Administration checkpoint have improved by more than 90 percent.]]>
<![CDATA[Duckworth Urges Kirk to Apologize for 'Drug Dealer' Comment]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:33:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+GettyImages-186385453.jpg
Duckworth addressed the City Club of Chicago Tuesday, laying out her economic plan and urging Kirk to apologize for likening Obama to “the drug dealer in chief”

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<![CDATA[Pence Cancels Chicago Appearance Amid Planned Protests]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:13:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/166*120/GettyImages-586220286.jpg
Indiana Gov. and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence canceled a scheduled event in Chicago Tuesday as Illinois Democrats and community leaders staged a protest of his appearance.]]>
<![CDATA[Duckworth to Speak at City Club of Chicago Tuesday]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:26:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-584263966+%281%29.jpg
Rep. Tammy Duckworth is scheduled to address a City Club of Chicago event Tuesday at Maggiano’s Banquets downtown.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Republicans Hit Madigan, Durbin on Term Limits]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:36:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mike+madigan+serious.jpg
The Illinois Republican Party is using this week’s state fair as a platform to slam House Speaker Mike Madigan and Sen. Dick Durbin for “vowing to oppose term limits.”

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<![CDATA[Kirk Campaign Launches ‘Tammy or Trump’ Quiz]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:29:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+kirk+illinois.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign launched a website Thursday that offers a “Tammy or Trump” quiz. The site features a series of ten questions that relate to the records of Kirk’s opponent, Rep.]]>
<![CDATA[CTU Preps for Possible Strike as CPS Readies for School Year]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:46:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cps+ctu+0817.jpg
Chicago Public Schools is set to open for a new school year in less than three weeks, but the question remains - will schools stay open? The Chicago Teachers Union is telling its members to prepare for...]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Comptroller Proposes ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Bill]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:44:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/leslie+munger.jpg
Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger proposed a “No Budget, No Pay” bill Wednesday to encourage Illinois lawmakers to pass an annual balanced budget.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel Announces New Library on Chicago's Far South Side]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:42:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mre+altgeld+library+0815.jpg
A new public library is slated to open on Chicago's Far South Side, but area residents say that while a library is nice, it's not at the top of their wish list. Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by the...]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Adds Illinois Congressman to Advisory Committee]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:44:18 -0500 Rodney Davis
13th Congressional District
Republican]]>
Rodney Davis
13th Congressional District
Republican]]>
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Rep. Rodney Davis was named as a member of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s newly-announced Agricultural Advisory Committee Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Powerful Conservative Group Targets Illinois Dems in New Ads]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:43:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
Americans for Prosperity, a conservative anti-tax group, is targeting a group of vulnerable Illinois Democrats in a series of new web ads.]]>
<![CDATA[CTU Offers Training for Potential Teachers Strike]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:41:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ctu+generic.jpg
The Chicago Teachers Union sent an e-mail to teachers Tuesday offering training for a potential fall strike.]]>
<![CDATA[NEIU Hires Former Interim CPD Superintendent Escalante]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:24:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-502932410.jpg
Chicago police First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante will retire from the department after 30 years of service as he moves on to a new role.

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<![CDATA[New Ad Slams Duckworth’s National Security Record]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:19:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tammy+duckworth+dnc+GettyImages-584264014.jpg
A super political action committee with ties to Sen. Mark Kirk released an ad Monday slamming Kirk’s opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, for voting in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Dold Proposes Bill to Nix Taxes on Olympic Medals]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:41:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/168*120/Medal_ConorD.jpg
U.S. Rep. Robert Dold proposed legislation Monday that would abolish a tax imposed on medals and other prizes won by athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic games, the congressman’s office announced in a...

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<![CDATA[Sen. Mark Kirk Won’t Say Who He’s Backing for President ]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:34:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/markkirk4.jpg
During a campaign stop in Chicago Sunday, Sen. Mark Kirk sidestepped questions about who he’s backing for president.]]>
<![CDATA[Petition Asks Obama to Grant Clemency to Blagojevich]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:35:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blago+appeal+new.jpg
A new petition asking President Barack Obama to grant executive clemency to incarcerated former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was created after a federal judge declined to lower the embattled politician’s sentence...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:07:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_863097762336-sm.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed an automatic voter registration bill Friday, noting that the bill needs changes to prevent against voter fraud and comply with federal law.

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<![CDATA[Republican State Senator to Resign, Become Lobbyist]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:05:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
Republican State Sen. Matt Murphy announced his resignation from the Illinois General Assembly Friday.]]>
<![CDATA[Duckworth Said She'd Be 'Fine' With a Border Wall in 2014]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:57:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy+Duckworth.png
During a 2014 interview with Stephen Colbert, Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she would be “fine” with a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

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<![CDATA[Fact-Checking Both Side of the Presidential Race]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:35:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg
NBC has partnered with Factcheck.org to examine what both sides are saying ahead of Decision 2016. Phil Rogers has a look at some of Donald Trump's claims in his speech on the economy, plus what one Clinton...

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<![CDATA[Former Gov. Quinn to Deliver ‘State of Our State’ Speech]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:41:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/patquinn123.jpg
Former Gov. Pat Quinn is slated to speak at a City Club of Chicago in October to address the “State of Our State.”

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<![CDATA[Kirk Opposes Iran Deal, But His Presidential Pick Doesn't]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:36:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/markkirk12345.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk told CNN Thursday that he plans to write-in former Secretary of State Colin Powell for president, noting that he couldn’t back Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because she...]]>
<![CDATA[Axelrod: Blagojevich Resentencing 'Doesn’t Seem Right’]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:35:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/axelrod+shaves+stache.jpg
Former Obama advisor and famed podcast host David Axelrod sent a tweet out Tuesday bemoaning former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s recent re-sentencing.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Dems Launch Blog With Controversial Kirk Quotes]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:47:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mark+kirk+ECPA.jpg
The Democratic Party of Illinois launched a blog Thursday highlighting controversial statements made by Sen. Mark Kirk, who is facing a tough bid for reelection against Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

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<![CDATA[Questions Surround Judge's Decision to Maintain Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Sentence]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:56:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rod+blagojevich+GettyImages-141342467.jpg
A judge's refusal to change former Illinois Gov. Rod Bloagjevich's sentence has many wondering why? Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Plea for a Shorter Sentence Denied]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:17:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rod+blagojevich+GettyImages-141342467.jpg
A federal judge on Tuesday declined to lower former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's prison sentence, maintaining his original 14 years, despite an appeals court tossing five of the 18 counts the jailed...]]>
<![CDATA[Judge Maintains Blagojevich's Original 14-Year Sentence]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:01:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-840938632.jpg
A federal judge on Tuesday declined to lower former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's prison sentence, maintaining his original 14 years, despite an appeals court tossing five of the 18 counts the jailed...

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<![CDATA[Live Blog: Resentencing of Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:03:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16222563741814.jpg
A federal judge will decide Tuesday whether to cut ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on more than a dozen convictions upheld by an appellate court, including that he sought to exchange...

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