<![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, 20 Aug 2017 23:49:03 -0500Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:49:03 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Madigan Leaves Democrat Brunch Without Listening to Speakers]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:34:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/madigan+630_27876408.png
It was the largest crowd that anyone can remember for the Democratic Party Chairman brunch Thursday in Springfield.]]>
<![CDATA[Secretary of State Jesse White Will Run for Sixth Term]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:24:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_licencias_indocumentados_illinois_jesse_white.jpg
Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday he will run for a sixth term.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner: Trump's Comments 'Damage America']]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:30:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ahern+Springfield+-+10454618_28490912.png
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has done his best to never mention President Donald Trump by name. But on Wednesday, days after he initially hesitated to call the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, an...]]>
<![CDATA[Sessions Blasts Chicago in Speech on Sanctuary Cities]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:22:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-819430620.png
Attorney General Jeff Sessions escalated his attacks on Chicago Wednesday during a speech on "sanctuary policies," a week after the City filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over efforts...

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<![CDATA[School Funding Hangs Over Governor's Day at State Fair]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:28:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/state+fair+rauner.png
Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair was not as celebratory as Gov. Bruce Rauner might have hoped. While he was holding a rally Wednesday, members of the Illinois House were at the state Capitol for...

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal New Cook County Soda Tax]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:53:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+11AM+News+Clean+-+11301411_28475715.jpg
Five Republican Illinois representatives introduced Tuesday new legislation aimed at repealing the controversial sweetened beverage tax in Cook County.]]>
<![CDATA[Pressure Mounts For School Funding]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:04:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield.png
Pressure is building on state lawmakers to fund public schools as children head back to class this week throughout the suburbs. The Illinois House will meet Wednesday but are not expected to take a vote yet...

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<![CDATA[After Backlash, Rauner Calls Va. Violence 'Terrorism']]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:17:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner+Childhood+Education+-+10215116_28459813.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday condemned the deadly, race-fueled violence that took place in Virginia over the weekend as an "act of terrorism," a comment that follows backlash for his initial statements on...]]>
<![CDATA[Senate Overrides Rauner's Veto of School Funding Plan]]> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:23:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-84538570.png
The Illinois Senate voted Sunday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of an education funding plan, as schools and parents across the state grapple with uncertainty surrounding the latest showdown in...

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<![CDATA[CPS Would Lose $463M Under Rauner's Education Funding Plan]]> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:24:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17186703890388.png
Chicago Public Schools would receive more than $463 million less under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s education funding plan than under the model passed by the General Assembly, according to an analysis by the Illinois...

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<![CDATA[Illinois Officials React to Violent White Nationalist Rally]]> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 21:10:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/va-clash-5.jpg
After a car plowed into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Hires Sen. Johnson's Former Campaign Manager: Sources]]> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:24:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458423850.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner has hired a new campaign manager as he gears up to run for a second term, according to multiple sources.

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<![CDATA[Cook County Democrats Endorse Pritzker]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:35:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Pritzker+Endorsement+8-11.png
Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker received a big endorsement on Friday as the Cook County Democratic Party offered him their support in the upcoming primary.

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<![CDATA[Duckworth to Trump: You Can't 'Out-Crazy Kim Jong Un']]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:48:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TAMMY+DUCKWORTH+ON+SETH+MEYERS+-+00124609_28434423.png
Amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, Senator Tammy Duckworth shared a message Thursday for President Donald Trump: You can’t “out-crazy Kim Jong Un.”]]>
<![CDATA[CPD Releases Report From Community Policing Advisory Panel]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:38:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-696401240.png
The Chicago Police Department's Community Policing Advisory Panel released its first draft of recommendations for reform late Wednesday – and they want the public to weigh in.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Misses School Aid Payment for the First Time Ever]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:53:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/susana+mendoza+617.png
Illinois missed the deadline make payments to K-12 schools for the first time in history, according to the state comptroller.]]>
<![CDATA[Could Override of School Funding Veto Be Unconstitutional?]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:01:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blueroom+Stream+Marlene+Education+Fundiing+-+11214104_28395351.jpg
House lawmakers gathered for a hearing in Chicago Wednesday to discuss the education funding plan vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last week.]]>
<![CDATA[Suburban, Downstate School Funding Payment Expected Thursday]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:16:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield+capitol+illinois.png
Suburban and downstate schools are set to open next week, but will they do so without state funding? The first payment, expected Thursday, won't be delivered without the lawmakers agreeing to a school funding...

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<![CDATA[Education Funding Concerns Rise as Start of School Nears]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:01:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/20160928+Classroom+Generic.jpg
As schools across the state prepare for what would normally be the start of a new school year, many are still uncertain if they’ll open in time as the state continues to battle over education funding.

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<![CDATA[CPS Lays Off Nearly 1,000 Employees Ahead of New School Year]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:34:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cps+headquarters+generic.jpg
With the state's education funding battle continuing in Springfield and the start of the upcoming school inching closer, Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that more than 900 employees would be receiving...]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Files Federal Suit Over Sanctuary City Funding]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:35:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5P+PKG+RAHM+SUES+TRUMP+-+00001716_28360688.jpg
Chicago on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over efforts to block funding to sanctuary cities.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Sues DOJ Over Move to Deny Funds to Sanctuary Cities]]> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 18:04:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-802220890.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that the City of Chicago will file a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over efforts to block funding to sanctuary cities.

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<![CDATA['Barack Obama Day' Is Now an Illinois Holiday]]> Sat, 05 Aug 2017 18:09:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-688202914.png
Former President Barack Obama got a special treat for his birthday this year - his very own holiday.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Names New Lead for DC Team]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:30:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/RAUNER+PRESSER+-+10441825_28167322.png
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Friday he's chosen Sam Pfister to lead his Washington DC team.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Where in the World Is President Obama?]]> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:03:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-beneficios-sueldo-portada.jpg
In this week's Deep Dish, Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern celebrate President Barack Obama's birthday, recap the Springfield Shuffle and Mayor Emanuel's love of Manny's. 

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<![CDATA[Chicago to Sue Justice Department Over Grant-Slashing Threat]]> Sat, 05 Aug 2017 07:15:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-679366630.png
The city of Chicago will file suit Monday against the U.S. Justice Department over Trump administration threats to cut off federal funding for being a sanctuary city, officials confirmed to NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[John Lausch Named Chicago's New US Attorney]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:15:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/4A+VO+US+ATTORNEY+LAUSCH+-+00003228_28332019.jpg
Attorney John Lausch has been selected as the next U.S. attorney for Chicago, the White House announced Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Schools Scramble for Answers as Funding Impasse Drags On]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:13:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Andy+Manar+8-3.png
With funding for the new year still up in the air, downstate and suburban schools are scrambling for answers as a potential cash crunch looms.

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<![CDATA[Governor Rauner Hires New 'Body Man']]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:43:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/RAUNER+PRESSER+-+10441825_28167322.png
After controversial tweets forced the ouster of his “body man” in July after just one day on the job, Governor Bruce Rauner has found a new person to fill the job.]]>
<![CDATA[Confusion Marks Start of New Sugary Beverage Tax]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:22:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/1130A+SODA+TAX+KYE+-+00004800_28310314.jpg
Hours after Cook County's controversial sweetened beverage tax took effect Wednesday, confusion and frustration hit as shoppers across the area reported being taxed for things like water and juice.]]>
<![CDATA[State Could Miss Public School Aid Payments for First Time]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:04:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/susana+mendoza+617.png
With no agreement yet on how to fund schools across the state, there is a good chance on Aug. 10 that no state aid payments will be sent to public schools across Illnois. That will be the first time this...]]>
<![CDATA[Cook County's New Soda Tax Takes Effect]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:17:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/430A+VO+BEV+TAX+-+00002111_28291476.jpg
Cook County's new tax on sweetened beverages went into effect Wednesday morning.]]>
<![CDATA[Cook County Soda Tax Goes Into Effect Wednesday]]> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 17:28:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-672888934.png
Retailers across the Chicago area continue to make last-minute preparations before Cook County's tax on sweetened beverages goes into effect Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Announces New Development for Old South Works Site]]> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:39:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AM+Chavarria+US+Steel+-+05471901_28277236.jpg
This site has struggled to keep a developer, but that appears to be changing. The massive piece of property that currently sits blocked off with overgrown grass and weeds is getting a new development.]]>