<![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 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:35:03 -0500 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:35:03 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Karen Lewis Talks Road to Recovery, Politics and Future]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:41:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/karen+lewis+exclusive.jpg
It’s been one year since Karen Lewis was rushed to the hospital with stroke like symptoms.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago's Top Cop Addresses Critics, Says He'll Stay on the Job]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:36:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/190*120/168171599%281%29.jpg
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy faced tough questions at a City Council budget hearing Tuesday afternoon, one day after several city aldermen publicly called for his firing following another violent...

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<![CDATA['Trumpkin': Illinois Man Paints Candidates' Faces on Pumpkins]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:43:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/candidate+pumpkins.jpg
What started out as a $5 pumpkin from Walmart became a viral Internet sensation after an Illinois man painted Donald Trump's face on the pumpkin and dubbed it "Trumpkin."

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<![CDATA[Black Caucus Calls for Chicago's Top Cop to Be Fired]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:45:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/black+caucus+mccarthy.jpg
Chicago's Black Caucus is expected to call for the firing of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Sandi Jackson to Serve Sentence in W. Va.: Report]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:06:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sandijackson0123.jpg
Former Ald. Sandi Jackson is expected to serve her one-year sentence in a federal prison camp in West Virginia, according to a report.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois State Fair Still Owes Butter Cow Sculptor]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:28:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/iowa+butter+cow.jpg
The continuing budget stalemate means vendors at this year's Illinois State Fair have not been paid for their services.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Wants to Privatize City's 311 Call Center]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:03:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel-AP64155363959711.jpg
Wedged between a property tax hike and an e-cigarette tax in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget proposal was a plan to take the 311 system Chicago “invented” private.

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<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders Tells Chicago Students to Change The World]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:35:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sanders-Happy-Walking.jpg
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is visiting Chicago Monday to speak at the University of Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Ald. Carrie Austin's Warm Welcome Back]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:22:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000014403163_1200x675_532596803842.jpg
NBC 5 political team Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern provide an update on this week's political happenings, including Alderman Carrie Austin's return to the Chicago City Council.]]>
<![CDATA[Caterpillar Inc. Announces Plan to Cut More Than 10,000 Jobs]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:16:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-457723824.jpg
Caterpillar Inc. announced Thursday that it plans to cut its workforce by more than 10,000 people by 2018.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Reveals 2016 Budget Proposal]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:43:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel+100.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed his 2016 budget proposal Tuesday, officially calling for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel to Call For $543M Tax Hike in Budget Address]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:53:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel2.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is poised to propose a $543 million property tax hike in his budget address Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Darin LaHood Takes Seat in Congress]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:05:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Darin-Lahood.jpg
Darin LaHood was sworn in as the newest member of Congress Thursday and immediately made it clear he's no Aaron Schock, the disgraced former congressman LaHood replaced.]]>
<![CDATA[State to Begin Payments to Early Intervention]]> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:21:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/child+early+intervention.jpg
Illinois will begin paying for services to help young children with developmental disabilities despite not having a budget in place and warnings from lawmakers that the state is spending billions more than it's...

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<![CDATA[Politicians Blast Trump at Little Village Parade]]> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 18:56:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/ald+ricardo+munoz+parade.jpg
Several Illinois politicians traveled to Little Village Sunday for the annual Mexican Independence Day parade, and a few of them seized the moment to blast GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his...]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: 'Draft Biden 2016' in High Gear in Chicago]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:20:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000014192926_1200x675_523998787951.jpg
NBC 5 political team Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern provide an update on this week's political happenings, including a briefing on the "Draft Biden 2016" office in Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Debates Chicago Soda Tax]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:16:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/0610-2015-Soda.jpg
A proposal to tax sugary drinks in Chicago is being debated by officials, but some say the tax will negatively impact area businesses.

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<![CDATA[Ditka Says Trump Could 'Make America Great Again']]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:15:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/460520356.jpg
Is Donald Trump da future of America? Da coach apparently thinks so.

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