<![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, 25 Apr 2014 04:48:16 -0500 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:48:16 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rahm Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike: Got a Less Painful Proposal?]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:59:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+0911.jpg
Chicago aldermen are scrambling for less agonizing alternatives to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to raise property taxes by $250 million in order to cushion two underfunded pensions for city

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<![CDATA[Emanuel: CPS Students "On Track" to 82 Percent Graduate Rate]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:55:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/classroom-generic-1200.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that Chicago Public Schools are on the way to achieving a graduation rate of 82 percent, a 25 percent jump from 2007. Citing research from the University of...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Closer to Passage]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:56:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/plastic+bag+legislation+nyc.jpg
The ordinance, sponsored by Alderman Joe Moreno (1st), passed a committee Thursday and will go before the full city council next week.]]>
<![CDATA[CPS To Name New High School For Obama]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:09:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP613536462050.jpg
President Barack Obama is getting a namesake high school in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced plans Thursday to build the Barack Obama College Preparatory...

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<![CDATA[Bruce Rauner's Robo-Calls Could Come Back to Haunt Him]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:43:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/bruce+rauner+getty.jpg
A lot of folks fear the wrath of famously combative Mayor Rahm Emanuel -- that's well known -- but one of them is not Gov. Pat Quinn's Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner. That could come back to haunt him.

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<![CDATA[Why Bill Daley's New Hedge Fund Gig Surprises No One]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:41:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bill-Daley1.jpg
After flirting with a run for Illinois governor, Bill Daley -- brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley -- has announced a new gig at the new hedge fund Argentiere Capital. Surprise?]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Dodges Question on "Morning Joe"]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:30:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP158506660731+copy.jpg
Will Gov. Pat Quinn tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about his real relationship with Chicago's mayor? Not on live television.

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<![CDATA[Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:52:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Obama-eduation-speech.jpg
Debate over President Barack Obama's presidential library and museum is getting hotter by the millisecond -- or so it seems -- as Illinois politicians, media pundits and the voting public weigh in on...

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<![CDATA[One Million Divvy Trips Taken in Chicago]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:35:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Divvy-bike-live.jpg
Looks like Chicagoans are Divvying up.]]>
<![CDATA[POLL: Michael Madigan Less Popular than Gov. Quinn]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:29:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/madigan-quinn-cullerton.jpg
A new poll from Capitol Fax's Rich Miller and We Ask America pegs Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan with an unfavorable rating of 65 percent, placing him a 10 points of negativity above Gov.]]>
<![CDATA[Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:26:04 -0500
Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat...]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan Re-Elected to Lead Illinois Democratic Party]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:02:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Madigan+Pension+Reform+Talks.jpg
House Speaker Michael Madigan has been elected to his fifth term as chairman of the Illinois Democratic party.]]>
<![CDATA[Quigley in Ukraine: Political Climate "Very Dangerous Situation"]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:37:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/Mike-Quigley2-30307.jpg
Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley today called the ever changing political and military climate in Ukraine “ a very dangerous situation where (a) certain type of provocation could start a major war.”

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<![CDATA[17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:30:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/083110+air+conditioning.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now.

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<![CDATA[Democrats Eye Chicago, 14 Other Cities for 2016 Convention]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:53:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rahm+Emanuel.jpg
Chicago has a shot at hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

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<![CDATA[CTA Uses Cameras, Lawsuits to Catch Vandals]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:01:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cta_red_line_4-17.jpg
The Chicago Transit Authority is cracking down on vandalism and its using an expanded security camera network to do it.]]>
<![CDATA[Rand Paul Comes for the Education, Will he Stay for the Cash?]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:50:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP328647657638.jpg
All told, if Paul wants to court big-pocketed donors for a possible presidential run in 2016, he’s got no choice but to spend time schmoozing in the Windy City. The Democratic city is home to some of...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Officials React to Violent Easter Weekend]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:24:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/garry+mccarthy+0421.jpg
Chicago's second warm weekend of the season was marked with violence: Nine people were killed and at least 35 were injured in a series of mostly gang-related incidents.

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<![CDATA[Congressman Mike Quigley in Ukraine]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:10:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/Quigley+in+uk+p11.JPG
Chicago congressman Mike Quigley traveled to Ukraine this April. Here's a look at his photo diary.]]>
<![CDATA[More Cops on Bikes Will Patrol High-Crime Areas]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:24:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-police-bike.jpg
Effort is an expansion of the department's "Operation Impact" strategy that was launched last year.]]>
<![CDATA[Blagojevich Campaign Account Donates Final Dollars]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:20:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blago-crowd-P1.jpg
A federal campaign account for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now empty, two years into the Chicago Democrat's prison term.

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<![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.]]>