<![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 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:29:59 -0500 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:29:59 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[City Treasurer Stephanie Neely Stepping Down]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:29:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Stephanie+D.+Neely+1.jpg
City Treasurer Stephanie Neely will step down after eight years in office, effective at the end of November.]]>
<![CDATA[Bruce Rauner Won't Campaign With Rand Paul, Ted Cruz]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:57:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_black_ministers.jpg
The GOP is touting Bruce Rauner as The Next Best Thing to rescue Illinois from fiscal doom. The media often touts Rand Paul as The Second Coming to rebrand and energize the party, saving it from its stodgy self....]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Casts Early Ballot in General Election]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:22:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-early-vote-2.jpg
"This is the most important office in a democracy: the office of citizen," Obama said inside polling location.
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<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Returns to Twitter After Brain Tumor Diagnosis]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:37:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_9-2.jpg
Karen Lewis is back on Twitter. Until yesterday, the Chicago Teachers Union president, former mayoral contender and avid tweeter had been silent on the social media platform since]]>
<![CDATA[Governor's Race Too Close to Call, New Poll Shows]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:52:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn-rauner-p1.jpg
A new poll by the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University showed the race for Illnois governor is too close to call.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm: City Prepared to Handle Ebola If It Comes Here]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:20:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel1.JPG
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago is prepared to handle the Ebola virus, should it surface in the city.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Touts $23.5 Million Affordable Housing Complex for Homeless Veterans]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:57:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel1.JPG
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday touted the opening of a brand-new, $23.5 million affordable apartment complex for homeless veterans—and those at risk of homelessness—on the city's South Side.

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<![CDATA[Activists Refuse to Take ‘No’ on Elected School Board Vote]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:45:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council.jpg
Some of the groups involved in the coalition have been working on the issue for years, and are confident the latest effort is a winning strategy for getting the question in front of voters.]]>
<![CDATA[This Week in Mudslinging: Sugar and Spice Makes Everything Nasty]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:24:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/224*120/Lolla+mud+8-3.jpg
With less than three weeks 'til Election Day, the mud pies are flying fast and furious. (It's messy out there.) The week's most notable moments in the endlessly entertaining circus sideshow that is...]]>
<![CDATA[Airliners Pad Rahm's War Chest With $125K in Campaign Donations]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:11:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_americanairlines981112fx1.jpg
Fifty-one execs from American Airlines and United have collectively given Emanuel over $125,000 in campaign contributions in an apparent effort to curry favor in a city that's home to one of the most trafficked...

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<![CDATA[Putnam County: Illinois' Political Bellwether]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:54:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/258*120/Putnam+screenshot+p1.jpg
“As the vote goes in Putnam County, so goes the state,” said Democrat and Putnam County Clerk Dan Kuhn.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Brings Microsoft Ignite Conference to Chicago]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:32:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/microsoft3.JPG
Ignite plays as something of a meta conference for Microsoft, who will combine a series of smaller conferences -- TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, The Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Project -- into one.

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<![CDATA[Illinois General Election Guide 2014]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:05:51 -0500 Governor | Pat Quinn vs. Bruce Rauner
Both Quinn and Rauner have raised and spent millions of dollars for their campaigns for Governor. Read more here ]]>
Governor | Pat Quinn vs. Bruce Rauner
Both Quinn and Rauner have raised and spent millions of dollars for their campaigns for Governor. Read more here ]]>

November 4 is election day for Illinois residents to vote for who they would like to represent them. Take a quick look at who is running for what, where and who they are running against.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Recruits Black Supporters for Video Testimonials]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:09:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_republicano_illinois.JPG
As race becomes a defining theme of 2014's hyper-competitive Illinois governor showdown, Republican Bruce Rauner—angling to dethrone Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn—has recruited African-American allies to...

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<![CDATA[Quinn vs. Rauner: Candidates Rack Up $35 Million Campaign Tab]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn-rauner-p1.jpg
Heading into the final stretch, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican nemesis Bruce Rauner have each racked up hugely expensive campaign tabs ahead of Nov. 4's election.]]>
<![CDATA[Report Deems Judges Fit or Unfit for Continued Service]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:06:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_court_gavel_generic_law.jpg
Out of 73 Cook County judges whose names will be up for retention in the November 4th general election, the Chicago Council of Lawyers has deemed all but one as qualified to hold on to their offices.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Kelly Campaign Stunt Matters Little in Mayor’s Race]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:48:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/billkelly.jpg
Chances are that all William Kelly did was spend $100,000 of his own money to buy a day’s worth of the media spotlight.

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<![CDATA[Quinn-Rauner Showdown Drives Voter Registration in Chicago Area]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:47:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/I+Voted+Today+sticker.jpg
Forget what you've heard about rising voter apathy—wait, there's an election in November?—because, in the Chicago area at least, more residents are registering to have a say at the ballot box, a pattern...

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<![CDATA[Quinn's Mother Talks Governor's Race]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:28:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/eileen+quinn.jpg
Eileen Quinn isn’t about to gloss over how she feels about Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner.]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Thanks Supporters "During Difficult Time"]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:28:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-13.jpg
Karen Lewis thanked her supporters Wednesday following news that she had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and would not be running for mayor of Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Jazzercise Michael Madigan Goes for Cheap Laughs (And Succeeds)]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:59:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/220*120/Michael+Madigan+Jazzercize+p1.jpg
Even Lisa Madigan might laugh at the sight of her stern, jaded father decked out in exuberant '80s jazzercise drag.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Is Chicago Forward a Defensive Play, Too?]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:26:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel1.JPG
Not winning reelection isn't the only worst-case scenario on the table for Team Emanuel.

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Tammy Duckworth Retires From Illinois National Guard]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:24:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy+Duckworth+ill+dept+of+veterans.jpg
Illinois congresswoman and Iraq War vet Tammy Duckworth, pregnant with her first child, is retiring from her post as a lieutenant colonel with the Illinois National Guard.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Presents 2015 Chicago Budget Plan]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:46:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel1.JPG
Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented his 2015 Chicago budget to the City Council on Wednesday, with no planned property, sales or gas tax hikes.

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<![CDATA[Rauner, Quinn Square Off in Governor's Debate in Chicago]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:27:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009242474_1200x675_342629443993.jpg
The candidates debate taxes, assault weapons and a Chicago casino. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Pat Quinn Announces 1871 Expansion]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:10:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009237824_1200x675_342342723674.jpg
The Illinois Governor Tuesday announced the expansion of the 1871 business incubator, which includes more than 25,000 more square feet of space and a place dedicated to incubating businesses by...]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Danny Davis Hopes to Keep His Seat for 10th Year]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:31:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Danny+Davis+7th+District.jpg
U.S. Rep. Danny Davis is fighting to maintain his representation of Chicago’s West Side.]]>
<![CDATA[Schakowsky Takes on Embattled Candidate]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:30:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/Jan_Schakowsky2.jpg
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky may not be looking at a tough fight in the November elections.

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<![CDATA[Why Lewis' Exit From Mayor’s Race Changes Nothing]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:49:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/karen+lewis+0619.jpg
With or without Karen Lewis, a lot of Chicagoans are still looking for a change in City Hall.]]>
<![CDATA[Senate Race: Dick Durbin vs. Jim Oberweis]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:46:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/durbin+oberweis.jpg
Dick Durbin faces off against Illinois State Senator and dairy magnate Jim Oberweis.]]>
<![CDATA[Governor's Race: Quinn vs. Rauner]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:45:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn-rauner-p1.jpg
Governor Pat Quinn is locked in a contentious election battle with wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner for control of the state’s future.]]>
<![CDATA[14th Congressional District: Hultgren vs. Anderson]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:43:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/randy+hultgren.jpg
This district crosses outer Chicago counties including Kane, DeKalb, Lake and McHenry, and includes the cities Aurora, Geneva and Crystal Lake.]]>
<![CDATA[15th Congressional District: Thorsland vs. Shimkus]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:43:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/John+Shimkus+getty.JPG
This massive eastern Illinois district covers a whopping 32 counties including Champaign, Vermillion and Johnson, and cities such as Effingham, Danville and Rantoul.]]>
<![CDATA[17th Congressional District: Bustos vs. Schilling]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:42:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cheri+bustos+2014.jpg
The boundaries of this district were recently redrawn to cover the northern part of the state and cities including Rock Island, Moline and portions of Peoria and Rockford.

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<![CDATA[11th Congressional District: Foster vs. Senger]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:42:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bill+Foster.jpg
This district encompasses portions of counties including Cook, DuPage and Kane, and includes the cities Naperville, Aurora and Joliet on the western and southwestern outskirts of Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Comptroller Race: Judy Baar Topinka vs. Sheila Simon]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:42:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/judy+baar+topinka+2014.jpg
The battle over the "Comptroller" gig—which oversees the state's finances and acts in the capacity of an accountant-in-chief—pits Republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka against Democratic challenger...

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<![CDATA[Attorney General Race: Madigan vs. Schimpf vs. Koyl]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:41:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lisa-Madigan4.jpg
The daughter of Illinois' powerful Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan—widely maligned for his Machiavellian tactics—three-term Attorney General Lisa Madigan holds a stark advantage over challengers...]]>
<![CDATA[Secretary of State Race: White vs. Webster vs. Michel]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:36:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jesse+white+2014.jpg
Jesse White, seeking a fifth term as Illinois' Democratic Secretary of State, has a comfortable lead over rivals Mike Webster, a Republican, and Christopher Michel, the Libertarian Party nominee.

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<![CDATA[Treasurer Race: Tom Cross vs. Michael Frerichs]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:35:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP13022814167.jpg
The gloves are off in the increasingly bitter treasurer contest between Republican state Rep. Tom Cross and Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs.

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<![CDATA[Rush Looks to Maintain Congressional Seat ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:35:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobby+rush+2014.jpg
Democrat Bobby L. Rush and Republican candidate Jimmy Lee Tillman II will be battling at the voter box in November.

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<![CDATA[Lipinski Fights to Maintain Seat Against Newcomer Brannigan]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:35:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dan+lipinski+2014.jpg
Rep. Dan Lipinski will continue to fight for his position as Democratic Party incumbent for the 3rd Congressional District of Illinois as he faces a new challenger, Sharon Brannigan.

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<![CDATA[Robin Kelly Fights to Maintain Former JJJ Seat]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:34:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/robin+kelly+2014.jpg
Rep. Robin Kelly will fight for her seat once after filling the vacated position held by former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.

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<![CDATA[Gutierrez Looks to Keep Seat in 4th Congressional District]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:34:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_luis_gutierrez_722.jpg
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez will look to maintain his seat in Illinois’ 4th Congressional District as he faces Republican candidate Hector Concepcion at the ballot box in November.

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<![CDATA[Candidates Battle for 5th District Seat]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:33:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mike+quigley+2014.jpg
Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley will have not one, but two, challengers when it comes to the November elections- facing Republican opponent Vince Kolber and progressive candidate Nancy Wade.

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<![CDATA[Duckworth Battles Fellow Veteran in November Election]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:33:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy+Duckworth+ill+dept+of+veterans.jpg
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth may be expecting a baby girl by the end of this year, but that isn’t stopping her from running for re-election in November.]]>