<![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 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:24:31 -0500 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:24:31 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Emanuel Gets Labor Union Love]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:40:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Taste+of+Chicago+Rahm+7-9-2014.jpg
Not every Chicago labor union is coalescing behind prospective mayoral candidate Karen Lewis. When Rahm Emanuel held a press conference to herald the ground-breaking of Wolf Point West Tower -- a 48-story, $160...

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:13:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/prison-hands-generic.jpg
As NBC Chicago previously reported, in devastating detail, at least 40 people were shot over the weekend resulting in four fatalities. The key to curbing the gun-fueled bloodshed in Illinois could be...]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:29:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/de+blasio+vacay.jpg
The progressive group that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is shifting its focus to Chicago ahead of a mayoral race that could see Rahm Emanuel battling union leader-activist Karen Lewis.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Summit Addresses Gang Violence]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:30:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+meeting+0721.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago's police superintendent and community leaders Monday for a closed-door meeting to solve the city's crime epidemic.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:56:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce-rauner-campaign.jpg
If there’s one trick Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner knows well, it’s telling people what they want to hear.]]>
<![CDATA["Private" Summit to Tackle Chicago Gang Violence]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:25:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008073726_1200x675_310048323775.jpg
Federal and local officials and faith-based leaders will take part in a private meeting to discuss what can be done about the shootings in Chicago. NBC Chicago's Lauren Petty reports for the NBC 5 NEWS TODAY on...]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:44:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk Calls For Stronger Sanctions Against Russia]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:45:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mark+kirk+malaysia.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk said he felt "horror" when he heard about the "totally unnecessary shoot-down" of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine.

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<![CDATA[Construction Begins on Wolf Point West ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:57:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Wolf_point_west.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand to Friday to help break ground on a new 48-story, $160 million development.]]>
<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:10:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/michelle+obama9.jpg
Forget the breathless speculation over which city will host Barack Obama's much-coveted presidential library and museum. We all know Chicago's the frontrunner. The bigger mystery: Will the president and...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Spends $10K on Cheesecake Deliveries]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:19:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rahm+Emanuel+DNC+Speech.jpg
If you donate cash to Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign, expect to find a gift-wrapped cheesecake on your doorstep. The Chicago mayor doled out really big money -- about $10,000 in total -- on...

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<![CDATA[Prosecutors Fire Back at Blago Appeals Court Letter]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:14:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/206*120/jjjpolitics005.jpg
Federal prosecutors fired back at Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys Friday, saying a recent court decision on campaign finance does not mean they have to prove that Blagojevich explicitly asked for something in return...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Releases Detailed Budget Plan]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:43:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released a full budget plan Thursday following months of criticism for the lack of a detailed plan.]]>
<![CDATA[Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:08:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chris+christie+june+2014.jpg
Let's be clear: Chris Christie is up to something. Because every presidential hopeful who visits Chicago to stump for someone else has a self-serving ulterior motive: money, money and more money. The Windy City,

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<![CDATA[Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:33 -0500 Timothy Cullerton | 38th Ward
After retiring from the city for nine years, Cullerton never expected to be working for Chicago again, but he's certainly happy he decided to. It's in his blood, after all. For 107 of the past 139 years, a Cullerton family member has held this seat. Read Full Profile. ]]>
Timothy Cullerton | 38th Ward
After retiring from the city for nine years, Cullerton never expected to be working for Chicago again, but he's certainly happy he decided to. It's in his blood, after all. For 107 of the past 139 years, a Cullerton family member has held this seat. Read Full Profile. ]]>

It's the end of an era. After a reign stretching back decades, the Cullerton clan -- one of Chicago's oldest and most powerful political families -- has loosened its grip on the 38th]]>
<![CDATA[ATF Adding 7 Agents to Help Combat Chicago Violence]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:28:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ATF-Agent-generic.jpg
Seven additional agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives will be sent to Chicago to help combat the city’s violence.]]>
<![CDATA[Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:14:09 -0500 Bobby Rush
1st Congressional District
Bobby Rush
1st Congressional District

Stopping short of an official endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush says encourages Karen Lewis to challenge Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's upcoming mayoral election.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Watch Out, Karen. The Knives Will be Long and Sharp.]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:35:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/karen+lewis+0619.jpg
A Lewis campaign would be at the center of a number of political issues and dynamics currently running loose in this country.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Library Foundation Unmasks Identities of Deep-Pocketed Donors]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:14:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP116168739397.jpg
Since launching earlier this year, the Barack Obama Foundation has raised as much as $1.75 million from deep-pocketed donors like Chicago investor Michael Sacks for the construction of a presidential library and...

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<![CDATA[Blago Lawyers File Letter with Appeals Court]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:03:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/206*120/jjjpolitics005.jpg
They argue, the Blagojevich jury was told to convict on a lower standard that he attempted to obtain a campaign contribution, only “knowing or believing that it would be given to him in return for taking...

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<![CDATA[Quinn Releases 2,000 Emails in Anti-Violence Program Probe]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:33:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pat+quinn+QA.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has released thousands of emails to a panel of lawmakers investigating his troubled anti-violence program.]]>
<![CDATA[Dan Rutherford Mistakenly Sends Birthday Message to Deceased Woman]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:58:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dan_rutherford_2-3.jpg
It's time Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford updated the list of recipients for his unsolicited "Happy Birthday" video messages.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:01:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner_5_19.jpg
Once a venture capitalist, always a venture capitalist. Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican candidate for governor, received $853,450 in campaign donations from July 3-9 and invested another $750,000 into...]]>
<![CDATA[Political Attack Ads Target 'Drama'-Craving Crime Show Viewers ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:48:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Law_And_Order_SVU_cast_722x406_1909547587.jpg
There's a reason why your primetime "Law & Order: SVU" binges are being interrupted with an increasing number of negative political commercials. As it happens, politicians' campaigns and the special...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:58:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/Mark+Kirk+Near+Death+p1.jpg
Apparently, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has never heard the phrase “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”]]>
<![CDATA[Toni Preckwinkle Rules Out Run for Chicago Mayor]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:32:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Toni+Preckwinkle1.jpg
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has decided not to run against Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor.]]>
<![CDATA[Daley Wants Health Records Private in Park Grill Suit]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:03:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/daley+first.jpg
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley wants only the judge in the Park Grill lawsuit to see his medical records.

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<![CDATA[Study Determines Cost of Corruption in Illinois]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:24:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Money_generic.jpg
How much does corruption in Illinois cost taxpayers? According to a new study, more than $1,300 per person.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:22:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
Bruce Rauner says he regrets investing in a Chicago venture capital firm that did shady business with City Hall under the reign of Mayor Richard. M. Daley, the Sun-Times reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Midterm Elections: Rauner Leads Quinn 51-39 in New Poll]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:21:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_chickens.jpg
Come November, Springfield could very well see a changing of the guard from Gov. Pat Quinn to Bruce Rauner. Another Capitol Fax/We Ask America survey shows Rauner consistently polling ahead of Quinn --...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rahm+Emanuel+DNC+Speech.jpg
There’s no doubt Mr. Emanuel needs to find some kind of silver lining concerning his re-election chances today.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:48:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MichelleObamaThumb.jpg
Michelle Obama heads home to her native Chicago next week for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria.

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<![CDATA[George W. Bush Undergoes Second Knee Surgery in Chicago]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:56:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP13042414604.jpg
For the second time in as many months, President George W. Bush traveled to Chicago for knee surgery.

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<![CDATA[Poll Says Karen Lewis Could Be Strong Mayoral Contender]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:36:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_lewis_10-11.jpg
Looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel may want to take Karen Lewis seriously.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:55:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner_5_19.jpg
WARNING: This news might make you spit out your coffee. According to the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed, Bruce Rauner paid $100,000 for one parking spot. We repeat: $100,000. For a parking spot. Just one.]]>
<![CDATA[New Rauner Attack Ad Blasts Quinn's 'Broken Promises']]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:08:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/224*120/pat+quinn+add+p1.jpg
"When you hear Pat Quinn's false attacks, remember his broken promises," intones the woman narrator in Bruce Rauner's latest ad targeting Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. The 30-second TV spot, unleashed Friday,...]]>
<![CDATA[Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:24:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ted+nugent.jpg
Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent -- 'Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring "Simpsons" character -- delivered an especially batty Twitter...

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<![CDATA[Time Obscures Meaning of Disco Demolition ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:28:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/disco-demolition-dahl.jpg
Thirty-five years later, not everyone remembers Disco Demolition Night the same way.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk Demands Background Checks on Immigrant Children]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:28:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/101210Election06.jpg
Kirk says he has sent letters to the U.S. ambassadors in to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador asking whether their embassies have performed criminal background checks. He says the federal government...

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