<![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 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:36:18 -0500 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:36:18 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Will Rauner, Madigan Be Able to Make a Budget Deal?]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:24:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+city+council+address.jpg
Time is running out for Illinois legislators to pass a budget before opening up the possibility of the first state government shutdown in Illinois history.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Addresses Immigration, NBC in City Club Speech]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:29:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Trump-Presidential-Announcement.jpg
Three hundred lucky people snagged tickets to Donald Trump's speech at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, where the billionaire presidential candidate spoke about immigration, among other issues.]]>
<![CDATA[Donald Trump to Speak at City Club of Chicago]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:52:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/las-frases-celebres-de-donald-trump-7.jpg
Following his recent announcement of a presidential bid, celebrity businessman Donald Trump will speak at the City Club of Chicago Monday.

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<![CDATA[How CPS Borrowing Plan Will Affect Taxpayers]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:57:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000013041754_1200x675_472341059615.jpg
The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday voted in favor of plans to borrow more than $1 billion to help the cash-strapped school district immediately and in the coming budget year.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Raises Rainbow Flag at City Hall]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:18:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/229*120/rainbow+flag+city+hall.jpg
In celebration of equality, Chicago raised a rainbow flag above City Hall Friday.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Plans Celebration Events Following Gay Marriage Ruling]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:30:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP499032000419.jpg
Chicago on Friday will join cities across the country to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

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<![CDATA["Momentous Victory": Illinois Pols React to SCOTUS Ruling]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:52:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478464492_PRide.jpg
Illinois politicians on Friday lauded the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling to make gay marriage legal nationwide.

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<![CDATA[CTU: Talks With CPS Have Fallen Apart]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:17:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ctu-presser-062515-1.jpg
"We have not reached an agreement," union head Karen Lewis said. "CPS refuses to budge."]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan Schedules House Hearing on "Rauner Shutdown"]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:49:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Madigan+Pension+Reform+Talks.jpg
House Speaker Michael Madigan scheduled a meeting with the full House of Representatives to discuss the "Rauner shutdown" on June 30, proving he is ready to fight the governor on a budget plan till the end. ]]>
<![CDATA[School Board OKs $1.135 Billion in New Borrowing]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:57:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/76754258.jpg
The Chicago Board of Education voted in favor of plans to borrow more than $1 billion to help the cash-strapped school district immediately and in the coming budget year.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Signs Bill to Keep Schools Open, Funded]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:59:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-budget-comp-1.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Wednesday allowing funds to flow to the state's schools, ensuring they remain open and teachers are paid this fall.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Faults State Government for CPS Pension Problem]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:38:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mayor+rahm+emanuel.jpg
In his second appearance on "Chicago Tonight" since he was re-elected in April, Mayor Rahm Emanuel carefully placed a good chunk of blame for Chicago Public Schools' financial crisis on the state of Illinois.
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<![CDATA[Rauner Blames Madigan for Defeat of CPS Pension Bill]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:49:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+rauner+getty+2.jpg
The battle continues in Springfield between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan as a last-ditch measure to help Chicago Public Schools make a full payment to the teachers' pension fund failed in...

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<![CDATA["Tele-Schooling" Bill Could Mean End of Snow Days]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:21:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/school+bus+snow.jpg
As lawmakers in Springfield fight to create a new budget and decide what to do — if anything — about Chicago Public Schools' financial crisis, another bill sits on Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk that could drastically...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Adds Another Week to TV Ad Spot]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:55:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+tv+ad+attack+madigan.jpg
As the budget stalemate in Springfield continues, Gov. Bruce Rauner extended his TV advertisement run by another week in an attempt to sway public opinion.
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<![CDATA[Report: Emanuel Says CPS is at "Breaking Point"]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:09:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel-AP641553639597.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has finally broken his silence about Chicago Public Schools' financial crisis, saying the district will not be able to make the full pension payment due June 30 without making cuts in...

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<![CDATA[CPS' Financial Shape: How Bad Is It?]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:09:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chicago+public+schools1.jpg
It's no secret that Chicago Public Schools has been struggling financially for years, but a new report obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times indicates that CPS' money "problem" is more of an actual crisis.

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<![CDATA[Former Rep. Walsh Tweets Father's Day Message to Caitlyn Jenner]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:57:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/203*120/walsh-722.jpg
Former Illinois Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sent a message to Caitlyn Jenner on Twitter for Father's Day, in true irony-ridden Walsh fashion.

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<![CDATA[JHud, Spike Lee Rally for Peace at St. Sabina]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:36:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cusack-jhud.jpg
Jennifer Hudson joined Spike Lee and the cast of "Chiraq" at St. Sabina Church Friday evening for a peace rally protesting gun violence.]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Chicago Property Taxes to Rise About $90]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:41:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic_wallet_resize.jpg
Chicago homeowners face an increase in property taxes this year, in part due to Chicago Public Schools' desperate financial situation, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

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<![CDATA[Attorney: Hastert Sex Abuse Allegations "Unconscionable"]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:26:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP963000097755.jpg
The attorney for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert expressed fear that allegations against his client of past sexual abuse could jeopardize the trial and called media reports about the alleged abuse...

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<![CDATA[Fans Boo Emanuel at Hawks Rally]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:59:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+booed+hawks+rally.jpg
Blackhawks fans sent a nasty message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel during the Stanley Cup victory rally at Soldier Field Thursday when the team's CEO, John McDonough, thanked the mayor for organizing the rally.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Gets Booed at Soldier Field Hawks Rally]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:07:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000012912355_1200x675_467579459668.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was booed during the Chicago Blackhawks' Soldier Field rally Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Loosens Navy Pier Booze Rules]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:42:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/navy+pier+bartender.jpg
City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that will loosen the restrictions on drinking alcoholic beverages at Navy Pier, allowing patrons to drink their beverages inside throughout the entire facility.

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<![CDATA[Obama Tweets Congratulations to Blackhawks]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:44:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-blackberry-twitter-redes-sociales.jpg
After recently joining Twitter and following all of Chicago's major sports teams — minus the Cubs — President Obama tweeted his congratulations to the Blackhawks and invited them and the Stanley Cup to the White...

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<![CDATA[Rauner's New TV Ad Debuts With Attack on Madigan]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:59:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+tv+ad+attack+madigan.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner's first post-election TV advertisement, costing an estimated $450,000, hit Chicago airwaves Tuesday morning with a message urging support for the governor's pro-business agenda and attacking...

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<![CDATA[Judge Agrees to Secrecy in Hastert Case]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:55:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP963000097755.jpg
A federal judge in Chicago granted a request by prosecutors to keep secret some of the evidence in the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Kirk Apologizes for "Bro With No Ho" Comment]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:51:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mark+kirk+malaysia.jpg
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was caught on a microphone called unmarried Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham a "bro with no ho."]]>
<![CDATA[Finance Committee Approves $1.1 Billion in Borrowing]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:21:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+inauguration+getty.jpg
The city's Finance Committee approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's request to borrow $1.1 billion Wednesday in an attempt to deal with the mounting short-term debt.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanley Cup Mayoral Bets Through the Years]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:15:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/188*120/Rahm_Emanuel+%282%291.jpg
Even if the Blackhawks lose the Stanley Cup Final, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's promise to Tampa is nowhere near as embarrassing as Mayor Bill de Blasio's wager last year.

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<![CDATA[Report: Rep. Robin Kelly Will Not Run in Senate Race]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:00:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/robin+kelly+2014.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk was spared one more tough challenger in next year's Senate race after Rep. Robin Kelly announced she will not run in the Democratic primary.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Readies $450K TV Ad Buy]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:26:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-463880480.jpg
NBC Chicago has learned Turnaround Illinois, the independent expenditure committee formed in April to "support state legislative candidates who support Gov. Rauner's bold and needed reforms and to oppose...]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner: Kirk Crack About Graham Inappropriate]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:15:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-vernon-hills-1.jpg
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was caught on a microphone called unmarried Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham a "bro with no ho."]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Takes Reform Message to Voters]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:24:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-061215-1.jpg
Democrats and the governor both say they don't want a government shutdown, but politicos think that's where the state may be headed. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Olivia Munn Asks Rauner to Veto Bobcat Hunting Bill]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:08:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Munn_AP947533343539_sm.jpg
In a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner, actress and animal rights activist Olivia Munn said she loved "the sounds of happy wildlife" in Illinois and urged the governor to veto a bobcat hunting bill.

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<![CDATA[Kirk Challengers Attack After "Bro With No Ho" Remark]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:44:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zopp+and+duckworth.jpg
After he was caught on a live microphone making an off-the-cuff remark about women, Sen. Mark Kirk's two declared challengers in the 2016 Senate race -- both women -- have issued statements deriding their...

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<![CDATA[Alderman Reverses Decision to Deny Permit for "Chiraq" Block Party]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:14:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Nick-Cannon-chiraq-1.jpg
A South Side alderman who earlier this week denied a permit for a “Chiraq” block party has changed his mind and now granted the permit for the party.]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Asks to Borrow $1.1 Billion to Help With Debt]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:54:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-generic-464267918.jpg
In a last-ditch effort to deal with the city's mounting debt crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked City Council to approve his request to borrow $1.1 billion.

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<![CDATA[Judge Who Donated to Hastert to Stay on Case]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:13:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic-gavel.jpg
Federal Election Commission records showed Durkin donated $500 to the "Hastert for Congress" campaign in 2002 and $1,000 in 2004.

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