<![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-usTue, 27 Sep 2016 23:05:38 -0500Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:05:38 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Michael Moore: Trump 'Won' The First Presidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:02:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_474581964009.jpg
Documentary filmmaker and outspoken liberal Michael Moore was one of millions watching presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate the hot-button issues facing the nation Monday...

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<![CDATA[Local Celebrities React to First Presidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:41:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-verdades-mentiras-thumbnail.jpg
With seemingly all eyes on Monday's presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, some notable Chicagoans took to social media to share their opinions.

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<![CDATA[Report: Mike Ditka, Todd Ricketts to Attend Trump Fundraiser]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:23:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578672124.jpg
Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts are expected to attend a Chicago fundraiser Wednesday for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump alongside his daughter, Ivanka...

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<![CDATA[Trump, Clinton Clash Over Chicago’s Gun Violence in Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:50:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump+clinton1.png
As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off for the first time Monday night, Chicago’s extraordinary gun violence became a hot topic of the debate, however, the presidential candidates clashed on how to solve...]]>
<![CDATA[The First Presidential Debate: Who Won?]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:50:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000019809153_1200x675_773701187702.jpg
NBC 5's Carol Marin breaks down who won in Monday night's presidential debate.]]>
<![CDATA[Debate Watch Party Hosted in Skokie By Republican Group]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:43:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/skokie0926.png
The Niles Township Republican Organization organized a watch party for the first presidential debate in el Fuego Mexican restaurant in the northern suburb of Skokie.]]>
<![CDATA[Clinton Supporters Sound Off in South Loop Bar Watch Party]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:44:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/presidential0926.png
In a South Loop bar, many had their eyes glued to the TV screens for the first presidential debate Monday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Race to Watch: 17th Congressional District]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:51:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/june7vote-11-GettyImages-538622010_master.jpg
Race to Watch is a twice-weekly Ward Room column dedicated to helping voters familiarize themselves with candidates in the lead-up to the Nov. 8 general election. This edition's focus in Illinois' 17th...

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<![CDATA[Monday Night Debate Could Influence Undecided Voters ]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:15:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/debate0926.png
Early voting begins later this week in Illinois with most polls showing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Tied—so Monday night’s debate could help undecided voters make up their minds.]]>
<![CDATA[New Poll Shows Clinton’s Lead Shrinking in Illinois]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:17:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clinton+Trump4.jpg
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead in Illinois has shrunk by six points since August, according to a new Victory Research poll.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Responds to CBOE’s $3.2 Billion Deal to Acquire Bats]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:13:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel12.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded Monday to the Chicago's CBOE Holding, Inc.'s $3.2 billion acquisition of Bats Global Markets, Inc., lauding the sale as another step in the right direction for the city's economy.]]>
<![CDATA[Twice-Postponed Trump Fundraiser Set for Wednesday: Report]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:55:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16268837219115-Trump-shrugs.jpg
Donald Trump’s twice-postponed fundraiser at the Bolingbrook Golf Club is now set for Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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<![CDATA[Giordano's Introduces ‘Presidential Candidate Pizzas’]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:19:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump+clinton+pizza.jpg
Chicago-based Giordano’s Pizzeria is introducing limited edition “Presidential Candidate Pizzas” featuring stencil images of either Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican presidential...

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<![CDATA[Race to Watch: Illinois Comptroller]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:54:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/election-10-GettyImages-524430020.jpg
In the race for Illinois comptroller, incumbent Republican Leslie Munger faces a tough bid for re-election against Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, as well as added competition from Libertarian Party candidate...

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<![CDATA[Report: Chelsea Clinton to Attend Chicago Fundraiser ]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:05:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chelsea+con+hillary+cierre+convencion.jpg
Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, was set to attend a fundraiser for her mother in Chicago Friday afternoon, the Chicago Tribune...

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<![CDATA[Report: Kirk, Duckworth Embellished 9/11 Stories]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:36:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+kirk+illinois.jpg
Both candidates in the race for the U.S. Senate, Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, have embellished stories about where they were and who they were with during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001,...]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel’s Poll Numbers Spike Following Public Safety Address]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:45:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+GettyImages-502932336.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s favorability rating jumped by more than 10 percent following his major public safety speech Thursday evening at Malcom X Junior College that outlined his plan to address Chicago’s pressing...]]>
<![CDATA[Ivanka Trump to Attend Two Illinois Fundraisers Next Week]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:35:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ivanka+trump+aretes.jpg
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, will headline a pair of Illinois fundraisers to benefit her father's campaign next Wednesday in Peoria and Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Backs Up on Stop-and-Frisk, Says He Meant in Chicago]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:08:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump44.jpg
After calling for the use of the controversial "stop-and-frisk" police practice to combat crime on Wednesday, Donald Trump clarified his comments to say he really only meant in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Delivers Pivotal Speech on Violence]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:47:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm_speech4.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on the residents of Chicago and the politicians in Springfield in one of the most important speeches of his career Thursday as he laid out his three-point plan for fighting Chicago’s...]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Luis Gutierrez Lampoons Donald Trump Jr. With Skittles]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:12:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/luis+gutierrez+GettyImages-580956024.jpg
During a congressional committee hearing Wednesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez mocked Donald Trump Jr.'s recent tweet that likened Syrian refugees to Skittles candies.

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<![CDATA[Campaign Round-Up: Schneider Ad Features Obama, Biden]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:41:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16257726814475.jpg
Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up is a weekly column dedicated to keeping you in the know about the upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued coverage every Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Report: Arne Duncan Not Considering Run for Governor, Mayor]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:55:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ArneDuncan-AP_798378565366.jpg
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday that he isn’t considering a run for Chicago mayor or Illinois governor

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<![CDATA[Race to Watch: 9th Congressional District]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:31:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/june7vote-11-GettyImages-538622010_master.jpg
Race to Watch is a twice-weekly Ward Room column dedicated to helping voters familiarize themselves with candidates in the lead-up to the Nov. 8 general election. This edition's focus in Illinois' 9th...

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<![CDATA[Report: Biden to Fundraise for Duckworth Next Week]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:18:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/583825786-joe-biden-dnc-speech.jpg
Vice President Joe Biden will headline a Chicago-area fundraiser for Rep. Tammy Duckworth next Wednesday alongside Sen. Dick Durbin, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet reports.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Touts Agenda During First-Ever Facebook Live Forum]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:08:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_863097762336-sm.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner answered questions from Illinois voters during his first-ever Facebook Live forum Tuesday, pushing elements of his agenda like term limits, redistricting reform and the need for a balanced...

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<![CDATA[Poll: Clinton Leads Trump by 13 Points in Illinois]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:04:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clinton+trump2.jpg
According to a recent Loras College Poll, Republican presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by 13 points in Illinois.]]>
<![CDATA[New Poll Shows Duckworth Leading Kirk by 5 points]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:37:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+kirk+illinois.jpg
According to a recent survey conducted by Loras College, Rep. Tammy Duckworth leads Sen. Mark Kirk by 5 points in one of the nation’s most hotly-contested Senatre races.]]>
<![CDATA[Ricketts Family Now Backing Trump's Candidacy]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:37:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP16262084465196_opt.jpg
Chicago Cubs owners Joseph and Marlene Ricketts are now backing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and plan to put money into his campaign, NBC News reports.

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<![CDATA[Walsh to Trump Jr.: I Likened Syrians to Skittles Last Month]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:14:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/189*120/joewalsh1.jpg
Only former Congressman Joe Walsh would take credit for one of the most incendiary tweets of the past year.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Dems Discuss Immigration Reform, NYC Terror Attack]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:32:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/posible-explosion-chelsea-nueva-york.jpg
Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Tammy Duckworth joined Sen. Dick Durbin Monday in Chicago to discuss immigration reform, addressing the recent terror attack in Manhattan.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Talks Presidential Race, Clinton's Health]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:34:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel12.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke to WLS-890’s Bill Cameron Sunday, touching on the upcoming presidential election and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s health.]]>
<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper, NAACP to Register Voters at Shows]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:44:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AP_690618755265.jpg
Chicago musician Chance the Rapper is teaming with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to register concertgoers to vote during stops of his upcoming Magnificent Coloring World Tour.

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<![CDATA[Duckworth Whistleblowers Take Case to Voters in New Kirk Ad]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:47:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kirk+ad+duckworth+whistleblowers+0918.jpg
The two whistleblowers who filed a workplace retaliation lawsuit against Rep. Tammy Duckworth over her time as director of the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs are taking their case directly to voters in a...

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<![CDATA[London Mayor Visits Chicago with Emanuel]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:12:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000019668046_1200x675_767269955545.jpg
The mayor of London continued his visit in Chicago with Rahm Emanuel Friday. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Schakowsky Co-Sponsors Bill Addressing Rising Drug Costs]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:16:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, along with Arizona Sen. John McCain and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, introduced legislation Thursday aimed at addressing skyrocketing prescription drug costs following nationwide concerns...

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<![CDATA[Race to Watch: Illinois House District 20]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:18:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
Incumbent Republican state Rep. Michael McAuliffe is facing a tough bid for reelection against Democrat Merry Marwig in Illinois' 20th House District.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner-Aligned Group Releases Trailer for 'Madigan' Doc]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:13:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mike+madigan+serious.jpg
Illinois Policy Action, an arm of the Gov. Bruce Rauner-aligned Illinois Policy Institute, released a trailer for their upcoming documentary about House Speaker Mike Madigan Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Report: Kirk Has Made ‘Full Cognitive Recovery’ from Stroke]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:57:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-509203566.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk’s neurosurgeon issued a letter declaring that the Republican has made a “full cognitive recovery” from a 2012 stroke that kept him out of the Senate for nearly a year, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn...

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<![CDATA[London Mayor Visits Chicago Amid First Trip to North America]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:07:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-592250608.jpg
In his first official visit to North America as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is visiting Montreal, Chicago and New York.

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<![CDATA[Kaine Stops in Chicago Amid Clinton's Medical Record Release]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:05:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579360656.jpg
Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine received the official Chicago welcome from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan during a campaign stop Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Alderman: All Chicagoans Should Stand for National Anthem]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:37:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/070316+US+Flags.jpg
A new ordinance proposed by a former alderman would require all Chicagoans to stand at attention when the National Anthem is played, a clear response to the recent protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback...]]>
<![CDATA[Munger Urges Mendoza to Give Up One of Her Public Pensions]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:45:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/leslie+munger.jpg
Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger urged her opponent, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, to give up one of her two public pensions Wednesday to compensate for ten years of simultaneously taking in two...

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<![CDATA[40 Percent of Illinoisans Want Another Presidential Choice]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:22:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-clinton-desafios-entrevista.jpg
According to a new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll released Wednesday, nearly 40 percent of Illinois voters wish they had a different presidential candidate.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Kirk Disavows Trump in Spanish TV Ad]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:31:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mark+kirk+GettyImages-509203566.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk released a new television ad Wednesday that finds the Republican disavowing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Spanish.

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<![CDATA[Chicago's City Council Passes Big Water Tax Increase]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:33:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+GettyImages-502932336.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed water and sewer tax hike, aimed at stabilizing pension funds for municipal employees, was approved by Chicago's City Council Wednesday.]]>