<![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 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:18:46 -0500 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:18:46 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:42:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel-president.jpg
A kinder, gentler Rahm Emanuel has emerged this week, making two grand gestures that show a more compassionate side of the rough-edged Chicago mayor. It is election season, after all.]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:54:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/quinn-victory-1.jpg
Surprise! Not one but two powerful Illinois teachers unions have come forward to formally endorse Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn for governor over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, who's basically...]]>
<![CDATA[Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican' ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:57:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
Too early to call this for Bruce Rauner? Nobody who follows Illinois politics will be the least bit surprised by news that Politico switched its projected outcome of the state's gubernatorial race from "toss-up"...]]>
<![CDATA[Alderman Abandons Bartender Gig After DUI Arrest]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:55:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rey+colon+gallery.jpg
Ald. Rey Colon had been slated to take part in a fundraiser to support the "A Day in Avondale" neighborhood arts festival.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Introduces Minimum Wage Ordinance]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:47:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/minimum+wage+worker+ace.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour.]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:30:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/e2f571ea7dd14bf8a3933c66e4655798.jpg
Smell that? It's the funky stench of victory for champions of expanding access to medical marijuana in the increasingly weed-friendly Windy City.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner's Campaign Donors Are Forbes-Branded Billionaires]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:05:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner_5_191.jpg
We all know Bruce Rauner is rich -- Gov. Pat Quinn reminds us all the time -- but his campaign donors are even richer.]]>
<![CDATA[Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:57:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pat+quinn+QA.jpg
October is looking rough for embattled Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as two corruption investigations slated for that month could derail his campaign so close to election day.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:54:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jane_Byrne_2.jpg
By any estimation, Jane deserves her day in the sun. She was one of the most colorful, passionate and, quite frankly, unpredictable public officials this city has ever had.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Latest Council Move on Campaign Finance a Disgrace]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:13:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/chicago+city+hall.jpg
The City Council is sending a very clear message when it comes to investigating campaign finance violations: How dare anyone try and find out what we’re doing behind the scenes?]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:19:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+city+council+2.jpg
Tensions between Chicago aldermen and Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan boiled over on Wednesday as City Council passed an ordinance designed to block Khan's actions to gain authority to...]]>
<![CDATA[Daily Dish: Wednesday's Political Headlines]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:15:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008197905_1200x675_313584195869.jpg
7/30/14: NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern highlights the local political headlines coming out of City Hall on Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Council Approves Renaming Water Tower Plaza for Byrne]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:01:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jane_Byrne_2.jpg
Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name.]]>
<![CDATA[Aldermen OK Phone Tax Hike]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:32:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/160015060.jpg
Phone surcharge will increase from $2.50 a month to $3.90.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:54:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lewis_rahm.jpg
Poll shows Rahm beating potential opponent Karen Lewis by 12 points in mayoral race.]]>
<![CDATA[Walgreens Considers Moving Headquarters to Switzerland]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:49:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/walgreens+sign+edit.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin proposes bill that would shut off federal contracts to companies leaving the U.S.]]>
<![CDATA[Water Tower Plaza To Be Renamed for Jane Byrne]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:31:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jane_Byrne_2.jpg
Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name.]]>
<![CDATA[Not All Illinois Republicans Are Thrilled with Bruce Rauner]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:09:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
If it turns out Bruce Rauner finds loses a tight race, social conservative voters who feel left out in the cold today might end up making a bigger difference than anyone thought.]]>
<![CDATA[Daily Dish: Tuesday's Political Headlines]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:04:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008182774_1200x675_313300035671.jpg
NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern highlights the local political headlines for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.]]>
<![CDATA[Senate Candidate Calls For McCarthy's Resignation]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:10:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Garry-McCarthy12.jpg
Tio Hardiman and a group of west side ministers called an 11 a.m. press conference outside Chicago Police Headquarters.]]>
<![CDATA[Congressman Wants to End CHA "Supervouchers"]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:26:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron-schock-gettyimages.jpg
Schock says CHA "supervouchers" allows a select few families to receive $3,000 to $4,000 a month in rent assistance that puts them in "some of the nicest luxury units."]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Alderman Arrested for DUI]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:36:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rey+colon+gallery.jpg
Chicago's 35th Ward alderman was arrested early Friday and charged with driving under the influence, police said.]]>
<![CDATA[Can Bruce Rauner Topple Illinois' Democratic Machine?]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:41:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner_5_19.jpg
Bruce Rauner is working behind the scenes -- and spending gobs of money -- to help the GOP bust up Illinois' powerful Democratic Machine.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama's Star-Making DNC Speech, 10 Years Later]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:36:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/186*120/032509+Obama+100+Days+DNC+fundraiser.jpg
Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's star-making keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Things have changed.

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<![CDATA[Christie Raises $2.5 Million for Rauner Campaign]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:45:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP720225942727.jpg
Chris Christie might be down, but he's not out: The embattled New Jersey governor, still recovering from Bridge-Gate, used his remaining clout in the GOP to help Bruce Rauner raise $2.5 million to...

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<![CDATA[Opinion: City Council Once Again Trying to Pull Wool Over Its Own Eyes ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:12:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council1.jpg
The fact that Shiller is frontrunner for Office of Financial Analysis is, well, everything you need to know about how the City Council really operates.]]>
<![CDATA[Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:47:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/christie+portillos.jpg
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Chicago Friday night to support Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.

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<![CDATA[Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:43:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Michael+Madigan+.jpg
Anshoo Sethi, the young owner of a failed O'Hare-area motel, managed to trick Illinois' political heavies into supporting his grand ambition to erect a massive $913 million hotel-and-convention center near...]]>
<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Attends Beyonce Concert After Chicago Fundraiser]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:37:31 -0500
After headlining a fundraiser at Chicago's Waldorf Astoria on Thursday, Michelle Obama stopped by River North eatery Sunda (where she posed for a photo with spotlight-chasing restaurateur Billy Dec)...]]>
<![CDATA[Aldermen Ask IG to Open Probe Into Red Light Tickets]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:46:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/b83583ccfcab4c1dbaf2e7c32ccb9fce.jpg
The alderman are asking for details pertaining to the program and for specific data on the system’s management, standards, revenue and other facts.]]>
<![CDATA[Concept Schools' Expansion Plans Highlight Double Standards for Charters]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:41:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FBI3.jpg
Back in the old days, it used to be that an FBI raid on a private company meant something.]]>
<![CDATA[House Ethics Committee Extends Inquiry of Bobby Rush]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:25:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobby+rush+2014.jpg
The House Committee on Ethics says it is extending its inquiry into Congressman Bobby Rush for 45 days, and will announce a course of action on or before November 10, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:47:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/quinn+campaign+event.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn wrote a personal check for $1,000 to help the family of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams pay for her funeral this weekend.]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:46:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chris+christie+june+2014.jpg
Groups supporting gay marriage and other causes say they plan to protest outside the fundraiser.

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<![CDATA[Rauner's "Headlines" Ad Questioned for Accuracy ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:56:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_headlines.jpg
A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring — and even making up — headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about...]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic-money-new-size-040114.jpg
As expected, Chicago Public Schools pushed the button on its controversial $6.8 billion budget for 2015 amid criticism over slashing public school money, diverting more dollars into charters and falling back on...

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<![CDATA[Billionaire Ken Griffin Files For Divorce]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:14:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/200*120/83676966.jpg
Chicago hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin has filed to divorce wife Anne Dias Griffin after 10 years of marriage.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Durbin’s Right on Corporations Fleeing America]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:04:05 -0500 Dick Durbin
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More and more we’re hearing about companies looking to move their headquarters offshore simply for the benefits of lower taxes.

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<![CDATA[Willis Siblings Advance on "America's Got Talent" ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:05:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/492326759.jpg
The Willis Clan advanced to the next round on NBC's "America's Got Talent" Wednesday after mixed reviews from the judges' panel.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Makes the Chicago Rounds]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:49:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Michelle_Obama_dec.jpg
First Lady Michelle Obama is raising big bucks in Chicago Thursday, but also making time for some good fun and good food.

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<![CDATA[Ex Gov. Thompson Calls Namesake Building a "Scrap Heap"]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:06:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jim_Thompson_3-7.jpg
The condition of the James R. Thompson Center, the foremost state government office building in Chicago, is getting some grief from former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson.]]>
<![CDATA[Park Grill Case Raises Questions About Daley's Health]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:50:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/daley-sox-game.jpg
Former Mayor Richard Daley won't have to testify in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to break the lease for a Millenium Park restaurant. But the facts surrounding his testimony, or lack of it, only heighten...]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Restaurants Avoid BYOB Crackdown]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:53:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/beer_generic.jpg
New ordinance allows aldermen to revoke BYOB privileges for certain businesses.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: What Bruce Rauner's Uber Love Means For Illinois]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
When Bruce Rauner professed his love for Uber on Tuesday, calling for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a bill that would impose heavy regulations upon the rapidly growing ride-share start-up, his gushing message...]]>
<![CDATA[Judge Lets Daley Off the Hook in Park Grill Case]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:04:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/daley+first.jpg
A Cook County judge cut ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley a break on Wednesday, sparing him from having to testify in Chicago's lawsuit to against the owners of the Park Grill eatery at Millennium Park.

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