<![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 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:58:05 -0500 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:58:05 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Emanuel Gets Cold Reception at Last Budget Meeting]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:44:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel1.png
It was a largely unfriendly crowd but the third and final public budget meeting failed to generate the fireworks at the previous night when protesters jumped on the stage and Emanuel was escorted away by...]]>
<![CDATA[CPS To Open "New" Dyett High School in 2016]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:57:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/rahm+dyett+protest.jpg
Chicago Public Schools announced Thursday that a new version of Dyett High School will open in the fall of 2016 as an open-enrollment neighborhood high school.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel to Call for Major Property Tax Hike]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:08:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-148080618.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history as part of a plan to raise money for a pension payment for police and firefighters next year, according to a...]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan Fails to Override Rauner's Veto of Labor Bill]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:30:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/199*120/house+speaker+mike+madigan3.jpg
The Illinois House was unable to gather the votes needed on a labor bill that pits Gov. Bruce Rauner against Speaker Mike Madigan.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Gets Heat at 1st Town Hall Budget Meeting]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:34:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel1.png
City Hall prepared for disruptions Monday night in Mayor Emanuel’s first of three town hall meetings to discuss the city’s budget, and that is exactly what they got.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Emanuel Participates in Triathlon]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:58:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/IMG_05502.JPG
Emanuel, who is known for his enthusiasm for fitness, participated in the event for the first time since 2011, posting a time of 1:39:58. Back in 2011, he finished the race at 1:36:50.]]>
<![CDATA[Judge Orders Schock to Hand Over 3K Additional Documents]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:12:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron-schock-1380870101.jpg
A Federal Judge in Springfield has ordered former congressman Aaron Schock to deliver nearly 3,000 documents relating to an ongoing investigation of Schock’s campaign and congressional office spending.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Board of Ed Approves New Budget Amid Protests]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/save+dyett+sign.jpg
Members of the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 as three different protests took place across the city in opposition to some of the proposed cuts.]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor to Host 3 Town Hall Meetings to Discuss City Budget]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:33:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-generic-464267918.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago residents' opinions on how to solve the city's financial crisis as his team works to put together a budget.

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<![CDATA[Blagojevich Attorneys Ask Appeals Court to Hold Decision]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:52:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blago-sentenced.jpg
Attorneys for imprisoned former governor Rod Blagojevich have asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to place on hold the court’s own decision, rejecting the majority of Blagojevich’s appeal and sending the...

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<![CDATA[Prosecutors: Schock Not ‘Immune From Criminal Responsibility’]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:19:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/150317-aaron_schock_resign_-1415_5f46d51318d3ce21bfc65de2f5df39a9.jpg
Federal prosecutors fired back at former congressman Aaron Schock Thursday, declaring that Members of Congress are not “super citizens, immune from criminal responsibility.”]]>
<![CDATA[Jesse White Says He Won't Seek Re-Election]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:50:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jesse+white+2014.jpg
Secretary of State Jesse White said Thursday that he won’t seek re-election for his sixth term.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Rally at State Fair on Rauner's First 'Governor's Day']]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:36:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+protest+state+fair.jpg
Opponents of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget cuts rallied outside of the Illinois State Fair Wednesday during the fair's annual "Governor's Day."]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Mark Kirk a No-Show at State Fair 'Governor's Day']]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:32:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP152309323941.jpg
Wednesday was a big day for the GOP at the Illinois State Fair as it marked the first "Governor's Day" with a Republican governor in 12 years, but one notable member of the party was missing during the...]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Foster Offers Lottery for Tickets to See Pope Francis]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:56:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pope+francis+happy.jpg
Rep. Bill Foster announced Wednesday that he will hold a lottery for a limited number of tickets to see Pope Francis address Congress in September.

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<![CDATA[Patti Blagojevich, Lawyer to Appeal to Supreme Court ]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:44:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/patti+blagojevich+and+daughter.jpg
The wife of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his lawyer said Wednesday they would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a full appellate court announced it would not rehear the appeal of the former...]]>
<![CDATA[Cook County Democratic Party Passes on Duckworth Endorsement]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:39:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zopp+and+duckworth.jpg
Senate candidate Andrea Zopp gained a victory Wednesday when the Cook County Democratic Party announced it was not endorsing Rep. Tammy Duckworth and instead leaving the primary open between the two candidates.]]>
<![CDATA[New Poll Shows Trump Leads GOP Race in Illinois]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:36:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481233084TheDonald72115.jpg
New poll results show that businessman Donald Trump has widened his lead over the other GOP presidential contenders in Illinois.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Pushes Agenda at Illinois State Fair]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:48:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+state+fair.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner mingled with Illinois residents and pushed his agenda at the state fair in Springfield Tuesday on the eve of an important vote in the Senate.]]>
<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowd at Chicago Fundraiser]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:14:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/221*120/bernie+sanders1.jpg
Sen. Bernie Sanders continued his push for the Democratic presidential nomination Monday, addressing a packed room of supporters during a stop in Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Government: Schock Docs Were Released by Judge, Not Leaked]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:41:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/schock-lead-102935952.jpg
Suspicious that the other side was leaking sealed information, federal prosecutors in Springfield demanded a hearing this week before the judge overseeing a grand jury investigation of former congressman...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Offers CPS $200 Million for Pension Costs]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:34:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000013798626_1200x675_507036739612.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner offered a compromise to Chicago Public Schools Monday when he proposed a two-year property tax freeze along with $200 million in pension and health care costs for the district.]]>
<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders to Make Trip to Chicago]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:48:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_447836430931.jpg
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will make a stop in Chicago Monday on his campaign trail.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Calls for 1,000 Residents to Mentor Chicago's At-Risk Youth]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:36:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-148080618.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is asking for 1,000 residents to help mentor some of Chicago’s at-risk youth.]]>
<![CDATA[Scott Walker Heads Back to Illinois Thursday]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:53:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/scott+walker+new.jpg
This week, GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker will make his second trip to Illinois since announcing his candidacy.

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<![CDATA[CPS to Stop Picking Up Pension Payments for Non-Union Workers]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:14:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/forrest-claypool.jpg
Chicago Public Schools plans to stop picking up pension payments for its central office and non-union employees, the district announced Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Ald. Brendan Reilly Considers Run for Congress]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:04:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Brendan-Reilly.jpg
Ald. Brendan Reilly, whose ward covers parts of downtown, may take a stab at running for Congress, according to a new report.]]>
<![CDATA[Schock Drove Free Car Months After Leaving Office: Docs]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:28:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron+schock.png
In newly released documents obtained by NBC5 Investigates, prosecutors allege Schock sold a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe back to a Peoria car dealership for over $46,000, but continued to drive the car for free,...]]>