<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 19 Feb 2017 15:05:10 -0600Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:05:10 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Deep Dish: Running For Governor]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:48:38 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022184411_1200x675_879913539718.jpg
Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin discuss the latest political headlines.]]>
<![CDATA[Bob Michel, Former Illinois Congressman, Dies at 93]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:15:02 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobmichel0217.png
Former Rep. Bob Michel, a Republican who served in Congress for 38 years, died of pnuemonia Friday at the age of 93.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Gutierrez, Hispanic Dems Kicked Out of Meeting with ICE]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:32:36 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/luis+gutierrez+GettyImages-580956024.jpg
Rep. Luis Gutierrez was among a group of Hispanic congressmen barred from a meeting Thursday with a top federal immigration enforcement official.

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<![CDATA[Congressman Compares Trump Presidency to ‘Stranger Things']]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:01:10 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_794931297096-strangerthingsfile.jpg
During a speech Thursday on the House floor Thursday, Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, of Rhode Island, compared the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency to the fictional netherworld from Netflix’s popular series “Stranger Things.”

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<![CDATA[Trump Once Again Bemoans 'Horrendous' Chicago Violence]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:00:13 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-635470784.jpg
President Donald Trump referenced the “horrendous situation” in Chicago Thursday as he touted the formation of a new federal task force targeting the nation’s violent crime.

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<![CDATA[Former Obama Aide Fined For Illegal Uber Lobbying: Report]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:47:17 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/uber+autos+autonomos.jpg
A former Barack Obama campaign manager who was also once a senior executive for Uber was fined $90,000 after he illegally lobbied Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the rideshare app, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Sens. Low on Office Supplies Due to Budget Impasse]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:42:16 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cullerton.png
Illinois senators were reportedly told this week to conserve paper, printer ink and toner after the Senate's office supply vendor stopped accepting orders due to a lack of payment related to the state’s nearly two-year budget impasse.

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<![CDATA[Military Aircraft Delivers Obama Belongings to Chicago]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:18:51 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/military+plane+obama.png
A military C-5 aircraft arrived in Chicago Thursday morning, bringing with it a shipment of former President Barack Obama’s belongings.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Congressmen Call for Probe Into Flynn Controversy]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:29:52 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nombres-posible-sucesor-michael-flynn-asesor-de-seguridad-donald-trump.jpg
A group of Congressional Democrats from Illinois are calling for an independent investigation into the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who stepped down Monday amid allegations of improper communications with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

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<![CDATA[Boykin to AG Sessions: Help Us 'Dismantle' Chicago Gangs]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:22:30 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sessions0215.png
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin called for help combating Chicago violence Wednesday in a letter sent to newly sworn in Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for more federal money and boots on the ground.]]>
<![CDATA[Demonstrators Protest Trump Aide’s Event at U of Chicago]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:09:23 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/U+OF+CHICAGO+PROTEST+215.png
Around 150 people gathered near the center of the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus to protest an appearance by President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Barack Obama Returns to Chicago: Source]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:50:53 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+in+chi.PNG
Former President Barack Obama returned to Chicago Wednesday for the first time since the end of his presidency, a source close to Obama confirmed.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Lauds Senate Plan During Latest Budget Address]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:47:09 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+5.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his third budget address Wednesday in Springfield, lauding the developing Senate "grand bargain" as a sign of progress amid the state's nearly two-year impasse.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Rauner's Teleprompter Crashes During Budget Address]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:02:24 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022132248_1200x675_877954627917.jpg
While delivering his third annual budget proposal to the Illinois General Assembly, Governor Bruce Rauner's teleprompter crashed - leading him and Speaker Madigan to crack a few jokes.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner 'Frustrated' Ahead of Wednesday's Budget Address]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:22:26 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner5.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner hosted a Facebook Live Tuesday afternoon, voicing his frustration about the state’s nearly two-year stalemate in the lead-up to his annual budget address Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Durbin Slams Trump After Meeting with Supreme Court Nominee]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:57:00 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dick+durbin+GettyImages-505901796.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin met with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch in Washington D.C. Tuesday, crediting the judge’s "impressive resume" before criticizing the president’s first month in office.]]>
<![CDATA[CPS Suit Alleges State's 'Unequal' Funding Violates Rights]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:37:38 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+public+schools+114.png
The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education, along with five parents of CPS students, filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the state of Illinois of violating students’ civil rights by perpetuating an unequal funding system.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Discusses Chicago Violence With AG Sessions]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:56:22 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+GettyImages-632695102.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday in Washington, D.C. to discuss how the federal government can help address Chicago’s spiking violence.

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper to Meet with Rauner Following Grammys]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:25:31 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chance-wins.jpg
After winning three Grammy awards Sunday night, Chicago musician Chance the Rapper used the opportunity Monday to set up a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who he has criticized in the past.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Visits D.C. to Discuss Chicago Crime, Infrastructure]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:40:08 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel16.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is visiting Washington, D.C. Monday for a series of meetings related to “priorities and issues facing the City of Chicago,” including crime and infrastructure.]]>
<![CDATA[CPS to Hold Public Hearings on New Round of Budget Cuts]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:39:10 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CPS.png
Two public hearings on the spending plan for Chicago Public Schools will be held Monday, ahead of another round of budget cuts that are likely coming to the struggling district.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Worker Pay Battle to Resurface in Court, Assembly]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:08:49 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/illinois+state+capitol+springfield.png
The question of whether to continue paying government workers during Illinois's budget stalemate will surface again this week.]]>
<![CDATA[Axelrod: Trump’s Authenticity, Showmanship Won the Election]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:55:05 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Axelrod2.jpg
During a speech Thursday at Aurora University, political analyst David Axelrod said President Donald Trump’s showmanship and perceived authenticity won him the November election, claiming that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s inability to connect with voters on a similar level cost her the White House, the Daily Herald reports.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Slams AG Madigan, Pushes Plan to Pay State Workers]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:34:03 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+lmad.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s plan Thursday to halt state workers’ pay, pushing legislation that would ensure payment regardless of Illinois' ongoing budget impasse.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel's Infrastructure Projects Could Create 40,000 Jobs]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:06:54 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+GettyImages-632695102.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the next phase of his sweeping infrastructure plan Thursday, vowing to add 40,000 jobs through a variety of projects—including an “express rail” to O’Hare International Airport.

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<![CDATA[Todd Ricketts’ Political Fundraising Comes Under Scrutiny]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:19:56 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Todd+Ricketts+Trump.jpg
A group of Democratic U.S. senators are pressing Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts about his past political fundraising as they consider his nomination for deputy commerce secretary, the Chicago Tribune reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Bustos to Make Decision on Gubernatorial Bid Within a Month]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:19:07 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480220374.png
Rep. Cheri Bustos announced Tuesday that she's given herself 30 days to decide whether she’ll join the 2018 governor’s race.

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<![CDATA[Rauner: DeVos 'Could Be a Very Good Secretary of Education’]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:44:35 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-634272092.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner lauded Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ confirmation Tuesday, dismissing criticism about her appointment as “overblown emotion.”

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<![CDATA[J.B. Pritzker ‘Seriously Considering’ Run for Governor]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:18:06 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-170447248.png
Chicago billionaire J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday that he’s “seriously considering” running for Illinois governor in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Trump Blames Chicago Violence on Undocumented Gang Members]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:21:01 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/634250426-Trump-Meeting-Judges-Political.jpg
President Donald Trump has called out Chicago’s surging violence for the second day in a row, faulting gang members who are “not even legally in our country" for much of the city's crime.

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<![CDATA[Chris Kennedy Announces Bid for Illinois Governor]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 01:49:39 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CK+2.png
After months of speculation, Chicago Democrat Chris Kennedy officially announced his candidacy in the 2018 governor’s race Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Rauner's Schools Czar Faults CPS for 'Curiously Timed' Cuts]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:45:48 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cps+sign+1112.png
Illinois Education Secretary Beth Purvis penned an open letter Tuesday to Chicago Public Schools parents, blaming the district’s precarious financial situation on “continued mismanagement” and calling recent cuts “curiously timed.”]]>
<![CDATA[CTU Calls DeVos a ‘Nightmare’ Following Senate Confirmation]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:41:22 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_340795606680.jpg
The Chicago Teachers Union issued a scathing indictment Tuesday of U.S. Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos, calling the Republican billionaire a "nightmare."

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<![CDATA[How Illinois Senators Voted on Betsy Devos’ Confirmation]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:45:59 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/devos-nominacion-senado.jpg
Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth voted Tuesday against the nomination of Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Education.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel: Dems Should 'Take a Chill Pill' Following Election]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:27:22 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+GettyImages-632695102.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged fellow Democrats Monday to “take a chill pill” and accept their diminished power in Washington.

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<![CDATA[Trump Compares Chicago to War-Torn Middle Eastern Country]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:22:17 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump9.png
President Donald Trump compared Chicago’s violence to that of a war-torn country in the Middle East during a meeting Thursday with a group of county sheriffs at the White House.

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<![CDATA[AG Madigan Defends Motion to Halt State Workers' Pay]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:39:55 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/madigan-AP_134587860282.jpg
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan explained her reasoning Sunday for filing a court motion that would block state employees from getting paid.

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<![CDATA['Barack Obama Day' Could Be Illinois' Newest State Holiday]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:48:22 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632202240.png
Tributes to former President Obama have abounded since he left office last month, but some Illinois lawmakers are looking to honor their former colleague in a way that literally only they can.

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<![CDATA[State Rep. Looks to Eliminate Office of Lieutenant Governor]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:42:34 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/evelyn+sanguinetti+illinois.png
Republican state Rep. David McSweeney has filed an amendment to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor.

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<![CDATA[Chicago's Lawsuit Against Redflex Settled for $20M]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:56:10 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Red-Light-Cameras2.jpg
Chicago has settled its lawsuit against the beleaguered Redflex Traffic Systems for $20 million, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday.]]>
<![CDATA[Hundreds Protest Rep. Peter Roskam in Suburban Palatine]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:32:57 -0600 //media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/roskam+protest+204.png
Hundreds of people gathered in suburban Palatine to protest Rep. Peter Roskam on Saturday morning.
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