<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usFri, 02 Dec 2016 14:29:12 -0600Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:29:12 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[State Lawmakers Sue to Restore Timely Pay]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:21:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/paycheck1200.jpg
A group of Illinois representatives have filed a lawsuit looking to end a divisive policy pushed by Republican leaders that withholds state government paycheck until other bills are paid.]]>
<![CDATA[What’s Next for the CPS Pension Bill Rauner Vetoed?]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:46:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/cps+generic+2.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a $215 million funding bill for Chicago Public Schools that would aid with the struggling district’s teachers pensions, but the Illinois House adjourned Thursday evening without...

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<![CDATA[Gov. Rauner Signs Massive Energy Bill]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:56:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-4638804801.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a massive energy plan Thursday that will bailout two struggling Exelon nuclear power plants.

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<![CDATA[Foxx Sworn in as Cook County State's Attorney]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:04:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kim+foxx.png
Recently-elected Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was sworn in Thursday, becoming the first African-American woman to hold the office.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago City Council Approves Funding for Red, Purple Lines]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:46:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CTA4.png
The Chicago City Council unanimously approved a transit tax-increment financing Wednesday to fund reconstruction efforts for the CTA’s Purple and Red lines that could lead to $1.1 billion in federal grant...

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<![CDATA[Illinois GOP Launches New Blog Slamming ‘Boss Madigan’]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:20:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/madigan+website+1130.png
After House Speaker Michael Madigan failed to show up to a Tuesday budget meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state leaders, the Illinois Republican Party launched a blog attacking his “web of influence”...

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<![CDATA[Trump Nominates Todd Ricketts for Deputy Commerce Secretary]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:27:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-624448510.jpg
President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Todd Ricketts for Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

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<![CDATA[House Fails to Override Rauner's Voter Registration Veto]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:33:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16252695309382-statefair.jpg
The Illinois House failed to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of an automatic voter registration bill Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Ald. Ameya Pawar Mulling Run for Governor in 2018: Report]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:53:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ameya.jpg
Ald. Ameya Pawar told Politico Tuesday that he might challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the state’s 2018 gubernatorial election.]]>
<![CDATA[Todd Ricketts 'Honored' by Trump Consideration: Report]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:27:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Todd+Ricketts+Trump.jpg
Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts told Politico Monday that it was ‘an honor’ to be considered for a top position in President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration.

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<![CDATA[Duckworth Campaign Manager Takes Job as Emanuel Spokesman]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:35:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+emanuel.png
Matt McGrath, who recently served as Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth’s campaign manager, has taken a new job as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s press secretary.

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<![CDATA[More Than 4,000 Vacant Lots on Sale for $1 in Chicago]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:12:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/vacant+lot.png
Got a buck? You're in luck -- that's the motto Chicago officials are using to tout the city's expanding Large Lots program, which gives residents the opportunity to buy a vacant lot for just $1.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Announces Extension of Property Tax Rebate Program]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:25:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel12.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that the City of Chicago would extend the application deadline for the Property Tax Rebate Program until the end of the year.]]>
<![CDATA[Lawmakers Reconvene for Budget Negotiations, Veto Sessions]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:05:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
As lawmakers prepare to reconvene in Springfield Tuesday for the final string of veto sessions, some pivotal measures remain on the table.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Pushes Balanced Budget, Reforms Ahead of Veto Session]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:19:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner3.png
As the Illinois General Assembly prepares to reconvene in Springfield Tuesday for a second round of veto sessions, Gov. Bruce Rauner pushed for a full, balanced budget that includes a series of reforms from his...]]>
<![CDATA[Gov. Rauner Details Lawmakers' Plan as Budget Deadline Looms]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:30:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner3.png
State lawmakers have only 33 days left to pass a new budget before the current stopgap budget expires on Dec. 31. Gov. Bruce Rauner joined NBC 5’s Zoraida Sambolin to discuss what he hopes to accomplish...]]>
<![CDATA[Lawmaker Pushes to Divest From Firms Building Trump's Wall]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:32:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Donald_Trump1.jpg
State Rep. Will Guzzardi held a press conference Tuesday to discuss recently-introduced legislation that would divest the state’s pension funds and investments from companies that take federal contracts to build...

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<![CDATA[S&P Calls New City Budget ‘Structurally Imbalanced']]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:10:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP497279168877.jpg
S&P Global Ratings issued a report Monday that criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recently approved 2017 budget, despite crediting the city for making budgeting cuts and taking steps to contribute to its pension...

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<![CDATA[Rogue Squirrel Causes Alderman's 'Freak Bicycle Accident']]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:39:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/howard+brookins+1.jpg
Ald. Howard Brookins announced Sunday that a “freak bicycle accident” involving a rogue squirrel left him hospitalized last week.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Delegation Returns Home After Cupich Installation]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:15:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cupich+GettyImages-624344378.png
The Chicago delegation in Rome is making its way back after witnessing this weekend's historic ceremony, involving the installation of Cardinal Cupich.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Emanuel’s Brother Met With President-Elect Trump]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:39:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ari+trump.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's brother, Ari Emanuel, met with his former client President-elect Donald Trump over the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Davis Wants to Work with Trump on Chicago's Violence]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:49:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-159808470.png
Following the fatal shooting of his 14-year-old grandson, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis said he hopes to work with President-elect Donald Trump to address Chicago’s violence.

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<![CDATA[Chicagoans Head to Rome One Day Before Consistory]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:29:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-470859458.jpg
Archbishop Blase Cupich arrived in Rome Thursday just days before he is elevated to the prestigious position of Cardinal, making him the first American bishop to be appointed by Pope Francis.

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<![CDATA[Seth Meyers on Late-Night Television's Influence on Politics]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:00:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Seth-Meyers1.jpg
Seth Meyers talks live on NBC 5 about the influence of late-night television on politics.

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<![CDATA[Deep Dish: What's the Cost of Winning an Election?]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:57:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/192*120/Empty+Polling+Place+Election+Day+Voting+Booth+Election+Generic.JPG
Carol Marin, joined by Mary Ann Ahern who is live in Rome, discusses this week's top political stories.

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<![CDATA[Aldermen Push for 'No-Kill' Animal Shelters Throughout City]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:02:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_petrescue0909_1920x1080.jpg
Members of the Chicago City Council, led by Aldermen Ed Burke and Ray Lopez, are pushing a new order that would make all city animal shelters “no-kill” facilities.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel's Tax, Fee Hikes Cost Families Near $2K: Report]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:23:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel12.png
The Chicago City Council unanimously approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2017 budget Wednesday, but what does that mean for the average Chicago family?]]>
<![CDATA[Which Democrat Will Run for Governor in 2018?]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:22:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
As Illinois’ top legislative leaders work to hash out a budget before year’s end, an important question remains: Who will challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 election?]]>
<![CDATA[Cupich Heads to Rome Days Before Being Elevated to Cardinal]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:20:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-470859458.jpg
Archbishop Blase Cupich arrived in Rome Thursday just days before he is elevated to the prestigious position of Cardinal, making him the first American bishop to be appointed by Pope Francis.

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<![CDATA[Illinois' Bill Backlog Could Reach $47 Billion by 2022]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:40:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/20160621+money+coins+minimum+wage.jpg
A new report from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Office of Management & Budget projects a $47 billion bill backlog by 2022 if the state continues down its current fiscal path.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Leads Delegation to Rome for Cupich Installation]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:55:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-468740282.jpg
Nearly 300 Chicagoans will travel to Rome this week to witness the installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich as cardinal and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading the delegation of elected representatives and civic...

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<![CDATA[Rauner, Trump Had ‘Good, Positive Conversation’: Report]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:24:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sueldo+presidente+donald+trump.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner told a group of reporters and business owners Wednesday that he had a “good, positive conversation” with President-elect Donald Trump last week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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<![CDATA[Who Will Trump Appoint to Supreme Court?]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:44:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/supremecourt1116.jpg
Arguably one of the most dramatic and lasting impacts President-elect Donald Trump could leave on the nation is who he appoints to the Supreme Court.

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<![CDATA[State Budget Negotiations Continue, Partisan Divide Remains]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:51:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
Illinois’ top legislative leaders met for the second consecutive day to discuss the state’s budget Wednesday, but it appears a bipartisan compromise remains elusive with the state's current stopgap plan set...]]>
<![CDATA[City Council Votes to Pass Mayor Emanuel’s 2017 Budget]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:38:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+0403+radio.jpg
The Chicago City Council voted to pass Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2017 budget Wednesday, making living in the city even more costly.
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<![CDATA[GOP: Madigan is 'Running Out the Clock' on Budget Talks]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:30:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mike+madigan+serious.jpg
After a preliminary budget meeting Tuesday in Springfield, Illinois Republicans accused House Speaker Michael Madigan of “running out the clock” on negotiations.

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<![CDATA[Mendoza Will Continue Withholding Lawmakers’ Pay: Report]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:27:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Susana-Mendoza-3.jpg
Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza announced Tuesday that she will keep her predecessor’s policy that withholds state government paychecks until other bills are paid, according to Politico.]]>
<![CDATA[See New Illinois License Plates Coming Soon for Some Drivers]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:13:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/old+plate.png
Illinois’ license plates are getting a revamp.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Alderman Vrdolyak Indicted on Tax Charges]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:19:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/Ed+Vrdolyak.jpg
Former Chicago alderman Edward R. Vrdolyak has been indicted on charges of impeding the IRS and tax evasion.

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<![CDATA[Report: Madigan to Attend Tuesday Meeting with Party Leaders]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:21:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mike+madigan+serious.jpg
After missing a Monday meeting due to a scheduling conflict, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan agreed to meet with the state’s top legislative leaders Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Appointment of Breitbart's Bannon Angers Ill. Dems]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:46:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/steve+bannon+asesor+trump06.jpg
A pair of Illinois Democrats, Rep. Mike Quigley and Rep.-elect Brad Schneider, slammed President-elect Donald Trump's choice to appoint chief campaign executive Stephen Bannon as a senior advisor and chief...

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