<![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 Wed, 06 May 2015 13:32:57 -0500 Wed, 06 May 2015 13:32:57 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rauner: No Bail for Chicago]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 13:22:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+city+council+address.jpg
In a historic City Council meeting Wednesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner addressed a full chamber and urged Chicago to make compromises for the greater good of the state.

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<![CDATA[What Rahm Left Out of Red Light Reform Proposals]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 18:30:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Red+Light+Camera+Sign+010614.jpg
Mayor, council allies propose payment plan revisions that lower down payment requirements, allow "greater flexibility"

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<![CDATA[House Committee to Meet to Discuss Workers' Compensation]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 11:04:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+rauner+getty+2.jpg
Illinois workers who suffer injuries on the job may soon receive less compensation than in the past under Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial "turnaround" plan, depending on how a House discussion proceeds...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Names New CTA President]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 04:52:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dorval+carter.jpg
Mayor Emanuel will tap transit veteran Dorval Carter to become the new Chicago Transit Agency President.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Announces Scaled-Back Inauguration]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 16:59:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chimayorA.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's second inauguration will be scaled-back from the extravaganza that was held in 2011 but will include a weekend of community service projects and entertainment, the mayor's office announced...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Moves to Further Regulate Crane Operators]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 22:04:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CHI-federated-crane.jpg
Chicago is in the midst of a construction boom, and now officials are turning their attention to the people who construct those buildings. NBC Chicago's Charlie Wojciechowski reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Library, Lucas Museum Climb Last Hurdle]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 17:40:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-obama-library.jpg
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday strengthening the city's legal ability to build the project on public park land.]]>
<![CDATA[No One-Year Contract Extension for CPS Teachers]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:04:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/empty-classroom-021313.jpg
Thursday was the last day the cash-strapped and shaken school district could offer the extension permitted in the teachers’ current contract.

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<![CDATA[Chicago to Get Obama Presidential Library]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:45:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP464425549785.jpg
The final selection is expected to be connected to the University of Chicago, but the final site has not been settled upon.]]>
<![CDATA[Zopp Weighs Primary Challenge to Duckworth]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:19:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Andrea-Zopp.jpg
Andrea Zopp, the head of the Chicago Urban League, says she's considering her first campaign for elected office. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Illinois Gov. Dan Walker Dies at 92]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:51:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dan+walker+gov.jpg
Former Illinois Gov. Daniel Walker passed away Wednesday at a veteran’s hospital in California, his son confirmed. Walker was 92 years old.]]>
<![CDATA[Retiring Judge Shares Stories From Behind the Bench]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:58:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/james-holderman-1.jpg
Judge James Holderman was appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in September of 1984.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Names Claypool Next Chief of Staff]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:08:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/claypool-emanuel1.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday named Forrest Claypool as his next Chief of Staff.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Ill. Rep. Sentenced to Five Months]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:30:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Derrick-Smith-presser.jpg
Former Illinois Representative Derrick Smith is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on corruption charges.]]>
<![CDATA[Few Defend Byrd-Bennett as CPS Suspends SUPES Contract]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:08:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Barbara-Byrd-Bennett4.jpg
Even Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed to stop defending his school chief, speaking of the SUPES agreement she championed as a bad deal.]]>
<![CDATA[Garcia Talks Schools, Taxes in Post-Runoff Interview]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:26:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chuy-Garcia.jpg
Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia sits down for his first interview since losing the city's first-ever mayoral runoff election.]]>
<![CDATA[CPS Suspends SUPES Contract]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:45:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/tlmd_brightcove_2067658930001_4175786487001_cps_barbara_byrd_bennett_investigacion_federal_escuelas_publicas_chicago_conflicto_interes.jpg
The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools said Wednesday the school board has suspended its agreement with SUPES Academy amid a federal investigation into the contract.]]>
<![CDATA[Sadlowski Garza Defeats 10th Ward Ald. Pope By 20 Votes]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:45:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/susan+sadlowski+garza+fb.jpg
The results are finally in for perhaps the most contentious aldermanic race this election season.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Mayor's SUV Going Wrong Way Down Street]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:25:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel52.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's motorcade has again been captured on camera running a red light, and in the latest incident the vehicle is seen traveling down the wrong way of the street for nearly a full city block.
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<![CDATA[Documents Reveal Byrd-Bennett Ties to Other Contractors]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:05:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/tlmd_brightcove_2067658930001_4175786487001_cps_barbara_byrd_bennett_investigacion_federal_escuelas_publicas_chicago_conflicto_interes.jpg
Embattled Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has links to another private education firm which did business with the Chicago Public Schools, and in 2011, auditors in Detroit investigated still another...]]>
<![CDATA[Interim CPS CEO Makes Changes on First Day in Office]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:50:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ruiz.jpg
The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools revealed plans to terminate a multi-million no-bid contract “if any wrongdoing is found” by federal investigators.

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<![CDATA[CPS Chief Takes Leave Amid Contract Probe]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:13:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/tlmd_brightcove_2067658930001_4175786487001_cps_barbara_byrd_bennett_investigacion_federal_escuelas_publicas_chicago_conflicto_interes.jpg
Chicago Public Schools CEO submitted her resignation amid a federal probe into a no-bid contract awarded to one of her former employers.]]>
<![CDATA[Subpoenas Issued in CPS Investigation]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:14:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/76754258.jpg
Three CPS officials called to testify before a grand jury as part of investigation into no-bid contract.

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<![CDATA[Principal: Questions About No-Bid Contract Not New]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:13:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Troy-LaRaviere.jpg
The principal of school on Chicago's North Side school spoke out Thursday, contending that the training offered by a suburban company was inadequate and that questions about the no-bid contract Supes Academy...]]>
<![CDATA[Bennett's Future at CPS in Question Amid Probe]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:57:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Barbara-Byrd-Bennett1.jpg
Federal authorities are looking into CPS CEO and a $20 million no-bid contract awarded to her former employer.]]>
<![CDATA[Schock Spent Big Until Resignation]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:07:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/schock-lead-102935952.jpg
Former congressman Aaron Schock may be gone, but he still has to explain himself to the Federal Election Commission.

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