<![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 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:22:43 -0500 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:22:43 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Illinois Governor Candidates Trade Jabs]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:49:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_Quinn_9-19.jpg
The Illinois governor's race continues to heat up.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: How Rahm Failed on Obama High School]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:03:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/175*120/Emanuel+and+Obama+at+White+House+p1.jpg
The Obama College Prep blow-up speaks to Emanuel's shaky standing within Chicago's black community—a crucial voter segment for the incumbent Democrat—and reaction to the decision to remove the president from the...

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<![CDATA[Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:58:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_isis_irak_siria.jpg
Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who was in the minority of senators voting against the Iraq War 12 years ago, says he he had "no choice" but to support President...

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<![CDATA[This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:29:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AZUSA-RAIN-MUD.jpg
Who's ready for a mud bath? Another week, another shameless display of political character assassination. Let's jump in!]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Governor Candidates Spar Over Jobs]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:35:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Illinois_jobs.jpg
Quinn lauds new state job numbers, Rauner claims people have stopped looking for work.]]>
<![CDATA[New CPS High School Will Not be Named After Obama]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:38:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP70674013188.jpg
Officials scrap plans to name school after Obama due to "questions and concerns from the community."

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<![CDATA[Dueling Quinn-Rauner Attack Ads Spew Venom on Moral Character]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:21:40 -0500
Out-campaigned on the income inequality issue, Bruce Rauner is pumping up a media campaign to redirect focus upon Illinois' most powerful Democrats and tying Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan...]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision']]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:00:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_9-2.jpg
Still undecided on running for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is soliciting supporters on Twitter to help pad her campaign war chest with enough money to go up against Rahm...]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:52:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_marijuana.jpg
Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic.]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor to Propose Special Sign District Along River]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:35:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-sign-061314-1.jpg
It appears the controversy over the Trump sign isn't scaring high rollers away from buying property in the Chicago building.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Objects to Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:33:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_marijuana.jpg
Republican gubernatorial candidate says he wouldn't have signed bill, believes process is corrupt.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Bars College Journalists from Presser]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:18:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+wine+club.jpg
"When I asked about future events, she said that it was their 'policy' that only credentialed press would be allowed in," Lawrence told Korecki. "When I mentioned that some of the students were published in the...]]>
<![CDATA[Dick Durbin Seeks to Avoid Eric Cantor's Shocking Fate]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:04:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_dickdurbin.jpg
Despite a positive outlook, Illinois' Dick Durbin—the second most powerful Democrat in the U.S. Senate—is not resting on his laurels in an election-season battle against Republican challenger Jim

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<![CDATA[Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:55:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/455214430.jpg
As we prophesied, Chicago stands atop President Barack Obama's shortlist as a location to host his highly coveted library and museum. The president's foundation, whittling down the field of contenders to...

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<![CDATA[Mayor Announces New Help For Homeless Veterans]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:05:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/169726611.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to end homelessness in Chicago, and he's focusing first on providing help to military veterans who need it.

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<![CDATA[Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool']]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:13:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_gov_pat_quinn.jpg
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is rejecting a proposal from clout-busting attorney Michael Shakman to hire an independent watchdog to clean up allegedly improper hiring practices inside the scandal-soaked Department of...]]>
<![CDATA[The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:58:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/tlmd_obama_getty_michelle.jpg
South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.]]>
<![CDATA[Despite Dismal Approval Ratings, Quinn Surges Past the Untested Rauner: Poll]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:22:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_gobernador_quinn_pensiones.JPG
In the Illinois governors' race, it seems voters would rather go with the one they know over the one untested. Gov. Pat Quinn takes the lead in a revealing new survey from the Chicago Tribune that shows...

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<![CDATA[Durbin Leads Oberweis 55-32 In New Tribune Poll]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:19:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/452895498.jpg
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is in a good position to win a fourth term serving Illinois this November, despite possibilities that Republicans will take hold of the Senate and weeks of negative attacks by opponent Jim...

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<![CDATA[Fallon on the Hook to Host "Tonight Show" in Chicago]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:34:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rahm_Fallon_6-3.jpg
"It’s time to pick a venue, Jimmy!" mayor says in statement announcing he'd won wager.]]>
<![CDATA[Fioretti Wants to "Bring the City Together"]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:28:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti announced Saturday that he will run for mayor, marking the first major challenger to face Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February election.]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Kirk Name-Drops Michelle Obama as Potential 2016 Challenger]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:45:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/Mark+Kirk+Near+Death+p1.jpg
Mark Kirk knows Michelle Obama's not interested in his job, right? This summer the First Lady debunked rumors that she was running for public office in her native Illinois, but Kirk—the Republican junior senator...]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm's 'Deathly Vampire Stare' Photographed on the Brown Line]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:33:50 -0500
If you spy Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Brown line, and you take a surreptitious photo on your smartphone, warning: The flash may go off.]]>
<![CDATA[This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:51:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn-rauner-p1.jpg
If you thought last week was bad, the gloves are off between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner as they lob toxic verbal grenades back and forth with the latter treading carefully not to step...]]>
<![CDATA[Two Chicago Sites Cut From List for Obama Library]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/159846115.jpg
Two Chicago sites -- in Lakeside and Bronzeville -- have been cut from the running. The University of Chicago remains as a candidate.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Candidates Honor 9/11 Anniversary]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:36:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008779723_1200x675_328260163973.jpg
9/11/14: The candidates for Illinois governor pause to remember the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But their campaigns are keeping busy, and new polls show movement in the]]>
<![CDATA[Durbin Makes No Mention of Oberweis in First Re-Election Ad]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:55:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/452895498.jpg
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who's seeking to hold onto his Illinois post amid competition from Jim Oberweis, has released his first political ad this election cycle.

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<![CDATA[Democratic Poll Shows Quinn Ahead for First Time]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:43:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_gov_pat_quinn.jpg
After weeks of losing ground to Bruce Rauner, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is three points ahead of his Republican rival in a new poll released Thursday by the Democratic Governors Association.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Proposes City Curfew Change]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:11:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel1.JPG
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants 17-year-olds to be included in the city’s curfew law.

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<![CDATA[Can City Council Oust Faisal Khan?]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:35:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council.jpg
Faisal Khan's future hangs in the balance as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his aldermanic allies took action depose the ambitious Legislative Inspector General and transfer watchdog duties to Joseph Ferguson. ]]>
<![CDATA[Apple Maps Abruptly Renames Stony Island Avenue]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:39:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/238*120/Map-BBrazier-p1.jpg
Some Chicago aldermen are raising eyebrows over the revelation that Apple's iPhone maps app has abruptly re-named a mayor South Side thoroughfare.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Mocks Quinn Aide For 'Passing Notes' During Non-Debate]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:26:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/228*120/AndersonB.jpg
Now that the gloves are off, Bruce Rauner is going after Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election team.]]>
<![CDATA[Alderman Wants Speed-Limit Increase After Spike in Tickets]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:41:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/b83583ccfcab4c1dbaf2e7c32ccb9fce.jpg
Emanuel's statements come after media reports about at least 9,000 questionable tickets at a dozen city intersections.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:52:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/karen+lewis+0619.jpg
Two of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most vocal critics are incher closer to making a decision on whether to challenge him at the ballot box this February.]]>
<![CDATA[The 10 Most Riveting Moments in the Rauner-Quinn (Non) Debate]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:06:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn-rauner-p1.jpg
Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner hurled the lowest of blows at one another during the rivals' first official debate, held Tuesday morning before the Chicago...]]>
<![CDATA[Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:08:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/225*120/Ditka+p1.jpg
The legendary Chicago Bears coach is as beloved as he is ubiquitous here in the Windy City, where the 74-year-old sports icon and ESPN radio host hawks all sorts of national and local brands—raking in...]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Loans $40,000 to Her Campaign]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:54:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-13.jpg
Chicago Teacher's Union President and potential mayoral contender in 2015 Karen Lewis has boosted her own fundraising efforts. Lewis Monday revealed that she had loaned her own campaign $40,000.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Luis Gutierrez Slams White House for Immigration Delay]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:23:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_luis_gutierrez_denver.jpg
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez warns that President Barack Obama's immigration indecision might have political consequences for state Democrats seeking re-election this November.

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<![CDATA[Anti-Rauner Political Ad Spoofs the Country Club Set]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:29:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
A new political ad targeting Bruce Rauner takes a big swipe at the country club set in a spoof worthy of Saturday Night Live.]]>
<![CDATA[Ditka Appears in New Rauner Ad]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/454593447.jpg
Da Coach has appeared in yet another commercial, but this time it’s political.

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<![CDATA[Quinn, Rauner Showcase "Everyday Lifestyles"]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:43:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+vw+van.jpg
The battle for governor in Illinois continued Friday as both Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner took on new challenges.]]>
<![CDATA[Durbin Seeks Review of Police Militarization]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 22:21:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/452895498.jpg
The Senate's No. 2 Democrat on Friday asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review a program that provides high-powered rifles and other surplus military equipment to civilian police departments across...

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