<![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, 18 Apr 2014 08:38:59 -0500 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:38:59 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[First Lady Welcomes CPS Students on College Visit]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:45:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/michelle+obama+cps+howard.jpg
First Lady Michelle Obama and rapper Bow Wow welcomed dozens of Chicago high schoolers to Howard University in Washington Thursday afternoon.]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Assembles Task Force for George Lucas Museum]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:41:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/george-lucas-r2d2.jpg
The 12-member team is searching for the best potential location for the museum.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Urges State to Pitch in $100M for Obama Library]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:15:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+obama.jpg
Several sites — most on Chicago's South Side — want to become home to the library and museum. Hawaii and New York also are vying for it.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:23:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/%5BNECN%5DCasino.jpg
A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board than past attempts to expand gambling, but the plan also drew criticism...]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Congressman Heads to Ukraine]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:20:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/Mike-Quigley2-30307.jpg
Congressman Mike Quigley is headed to the chaos of Ukraine. The North Side congressman will be part of a delegation that leaves in the next few days.

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<![CDATA[Quinn Leads Rauner in Campaign Cash]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:04:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
Get ready for a pricey Illinois governor's race.]]>
<![CDATA[City Kicks Off Road Resurfacing Project]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:02:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/resurface-63rd-ashland.jpg
Among the roadways that'll get attention will be 22 miles of arterial streets that were late-adds to the original project. The streets were riddled with potholes after an especially harsh wniter.]]>
<![CDATA[Rutherford Asks for Dismissal of Sex Harassment Lawsuit]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:19:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Dan_Rutherford_2-10.jpg
A hearing on the motion to dismiss, filed Monday, scheduled for Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Ald. Fioretti Cranks Up Rahm Criticism]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:56:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a vocal critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, offered his most stinging criticism yet at a speech Monday at the City Club of Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Congressional Report Presses for E-Cigarette Rules]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:05:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/E-Cig-I-Team.jpg
The report released Monday highlights several issues including an array of flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, the lack of age restrictions and no uniform warning labels.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:37:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/traffic_ticket_court_report.jpg
The bill also states that officers would not be evaluated based on the number of citations they give.

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<![CDATA[House Bill Cracks Down On Rideshare Businesses]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:57:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/uber.jpg
Businesses such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar may soon have to drastically change the way they do business in Illinois.

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<![CDATA[Cook County Passes Puppy Mill Law]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:42:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kaufman+Puppy+Mill1.jpg
Cook County commissioners passed an ordinance Wednesday restricting the retail sales of animals obtained from large-scale commercial breeders.

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<![CDATA[Bill Amending State's GPS Monitoring Law Advances]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:43:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/anklemonitor.jpg
The proposal would let authorities monitor someone as soon as protective order is issued. Current state law only lets a judge order GPS monitoring after a suspect has violated an order of protection.

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<![CDATA[Quinn, Rauner Square Off on Friday]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:12:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/quinn-3-26.jpg
It's not a debate, but the two men have agreed to sit down together and answer questions in front of more than 1,200 teachers about their policy proposals.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:11:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/illinois-statehouse-night.jpg
GOP Candidate Bruce Rauner wants question put to voters in November.]]>
<![CDATA[Second City Sends Pothole Message to Rahm Emanuel]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:46:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pothole6.jpg
Second City comedians have a message for Mayor Rahm Emanuel about Chicago's potholes—“Thank you.”]]>
<![CDATA[Tourism Trade Show Designed To Sell Chicago]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:50:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+skyline+generic.jpg
Chicago makes a pitch to the world. On Monday, the city opened a three- day travel trade show at McCormick Place hoping to attract tourists from overseas. NBC 5's Mary Anne Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:56:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic_wallet_resize.jpg
Language imposing a property tax hike for Chicagoans has been removed from legislation overhauling two city pension funds.

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<![CDATA[Chicago to Add 20 More Miles of Protected Bike Lanes]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:20:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chi-bike-lane.jpg
The additional bike lanes are part of the mayor's plan to install 100 miles of protected bike lanes by 2015.]]>
<![CDATA[IG Audit Finds Chicago Police Underreported Assaults]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:46:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+police+car+generic+2.jpg
A new report from Chicago's Inspector General claims "significant" reporting errors led to city police undercounting some assault-related crimes in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Ad With Wife Pushes New Bipartisan Platform]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:22:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+and+diana+rauner.jpg
Rauner finds common ground with his Democratic wife Diana in new ad campaign.

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<![CDATA[Proposal Hikes Penalties for Crooked Valets]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:21:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/valet+parking2.jpg
Ald. Brendan Reilly says valet operators sometimes use fake parking meter receipts and toss parking tickets.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Protester, Reporter Tussle During Obama's Visit]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Reporter_attacked.jpg
NBC 5's live camera caught portions of an altercation between a protestor and a TV reporter outside the River North restaurant where President Barack Obama was meeting with supporters.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Meets Gov. Quinn at O'Hare]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:02:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000006663070_1200x675_214613059794.jpg
President Barack Obama was greeted by Gov. Pat Quinn upon his arrival to O'Hare International Airport. Obama was in Chicago for two Democratic National Committee events.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm's Pension Fix Clears Committee, Heads to House]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:29:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+guns+thumb.jpg
An Illinois House committee has given quick approval to a plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bail out two Chicago pension systems.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Addresses Ft. Hood Shootings From Chicago]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:24:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP851692001814.jpg
President Barack Obama comes home to attend Democratic fundraising events.

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<![CDATA[Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:51:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama119.JPG
President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

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<![CDATA[Report: Madigan Influenced Chicago Transit Hiring ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:05:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/michael+madigan3.jpg
A task force asked to scrutinize metropolitan Chicago's transit agencies said it found evidence that House Speaker Michael Madigan directed Metra to hire and promote certain candidates, contributing to...]]>
<![CDATA[Initiative Aims to Expand Pre-K Vocabulary]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:50:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/toddler+selfies.JPG
City of Chicago announces partnership with PNC Financial Group to raise awareness with parents about the need to talk to their children early and teaches them techniques to expand their child's vocabulary.

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<![CDATA[City Pension Deal Increases Property Taxes]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:58:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-budget-102313-1.jpg
Homeowners will pay more in property taxes and some city employees will see their retirement benefits cut under a pension reform plan reportedly unveiled Monday evening.]]>
<![CDATA[Gov. Quinn Opposes Soldier Field Expansion]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Soldier-Field_3-31.jpg
Dreams of Chicago hosting a Super Bowl are getting bleaker by the day.

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