<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Tue, 03 May 2016 13:24:20 -0500 Tue, 03 May 2016 13:24:20 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Report: Emanuel Picks Zopp for Deputy Mayor]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 10:51:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Andrea+Zopp+CC.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp to be the city’s deputy mayor, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Backs Plan on Airbnb Surcharge for Homeless]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 22:38:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479908976.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing a proposal by Chicago aldermen that looks to use a 4 percent surcharge from house-sharing businesses, like Airbnb, to fund services for the city’s homeless.

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<![CDATA[Things to Know as Lawmakers Return to Springfield]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 22:36:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Cullerton_Quinn.jpg
Following a weeklong break for the observance of Passover, the Illinois General Assembly will reconvene Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[City Seeks Reprieve From Lucas Museum Lawsuit]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 18:16:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/mccormick+lucas+rendering.jpg
The City of Chicago has formally asked for a 30-day reprieve from an ongoing lawsuit filed by the organization Friends of the Parks, noting that they are actively seeking a new site for the proposed Lucas Museum...

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<![CDATA[CPS Teachers Lean Against May Strike]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:25:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CTU+Strike.png
The Chicago Teachers Union appears to be backing off an end-of-year strike, citing concerns about losing health insurance as well as pay all summer, as the committee tasked with setting a strike date is to meet...

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<![CDATA[Alderman Refuses to Apologize For Using Racial Slur]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:58:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/david+moore+laraviere+presser.jpg
A Chicago alderman doubled down on his controversial use of a racial slur Friday, after using the N-word in a Facebook post criticizing the reassignment of Blaine Elementary School principal Troy LaRaviere.

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<![CDATA['Individual A' Won't Have to Pay Taxes on Hastert Hush-Money]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:37:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert2.png
Federal sources confirm that the man at the center of the Dennis Hastert scandal, identified only as “Individual A”, paid no taxes on the $1.7 million he received from Hastert to guarantee his silence.

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<![CDATA[Rev. Jackson Supports Gas Tax Proposed To Combat Violence]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:04:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jessejacksonsr123.jpg
Rev. Jesse Jackson is backing an effort proposed by Cook County Comm. Richard Boykin to use a gas tax to create jobs for youth as a means to combat gun violence.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Public Schools Prepares Contingency Plan in Case of Teachers Strike]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:36:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lewis+claypool.jpg
When Chicago teachers marched through the Loop in early April, they put Chicago Public Schools on notice that a strike before the end of the school year is a real possibility.]]>
<![CDATA[Poll: Kirk Has 2nd Lowest Approval Rating Among US Senators]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:15:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/markkirk_722x406_2167578736.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk received the second-lowest approval rating among active US senators, according to a recent Morning Consult poll.]]>
<![CDATA[Atty. General Looks to End Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Crimes]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:53:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lisamadiganstat.jpg
Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked Illinois lawmakers Wednesday to eliminate the statute of limitations for felony criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes against children.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner May Pay for Special Legislative Sessions on Budget]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:17:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner12.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing state lawmakers to pass a two-year budget and is considering funding special legislative sessions if a deal is not reached by the end of May.

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<![CDATA[State Senator Wants Hastert Stripped of Public Pensions]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:12:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/227*120/Hastert+April+27.png
Illinois state Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced Thursday that she wants disgraced former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert stripped of all taxpayer-funded pensions in the wake of his recent criminal...]]>
<![CDATA[Questions Swirl Over Hastert's Seemingly Short Prison Sentence]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:01:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/227*120/Hastert+April+27.png
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison, which prompted many to question how an admitted serial child molester could have received a punishment of just over one...]]>
<![CDATA[Judge Rules Hastert Accuser Can Continue Lawsuit as 'James Doe']]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:49:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert2.png
The man at the center of sexual abuse allegations against Dennis Hastert can continue suing the former House Speaker for breach of contract under a "fictitious name," a judge ruled Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Powerful Testimony Unfolds At Hastert Sentencing]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:04:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert+Arrival.png
For seasoned court watchers, attorneys, even veteran prosecutors, the sentencing of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert proved to be powerful and troubling.

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<![CDATA[Dennis Hastert's Rise and Fall]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:51:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000017548394_1200x675_675032131590.jpg
Following the sentencing of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Carol Marin takes a look at where it all began.]]>
<![CDATA[Powerful Alderman Pushes for Medical Marijuana in Loop]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:54:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marijuana502194324.jpg
An ordinance proposed by Ald. Ed Burke that looks to change zoning regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in Chicago’s Loop cleared a City Council committee Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Congresswoman Asks Rauner to Release Funding for New Amtrak Line]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:48:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BruceRauner.jpg
Rep. Cheri Bustos wrote a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday asking him to release previously approved state funding for a Chicago to Quad-Cities Amtrak line.]]>
<![CDATA[Hastert Victim ID'd as Brother of Former State Rep. Tom Cross]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:13:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/yorkville-wrestling-1981.jpg
One of Dennis Hastert’s alleged victims was identified for the first time at his sentencing hearing as Scott Cross, the brother of former Illinois House GOP leader Tom Cross.]]>
<![CDATA[Live Blog: Sentencing of Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:20:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/227*120/Hastert+April+27.png
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for breaking federal banking rules in a hush-money scheme attempting to cover up decades of sexual abuse.
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<![CDATA[Ex-House Speaker Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:07:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert+Update.png
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for breaking federal banking rules in a hush-money scheme attempting to cover up decades of sexual abuse.

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<![CDATA[Sister of Alleged Hastert Victim Speaks Out on Eve of Sentencing]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:31:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/224*120/hastert+and+victim.png
The sister of one of Dennis Hastert’s alleged victims says her brother left the town where he was sexually abused by the former House Speaker and “never came home.”]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Touts Record Tourism Numbers for 2015]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:41:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+defense.jpg
Mayor Emanuel announced Tuesday that Chicago broke tourism records in 2015. For the first time in the city’s history, 50 million domestic tourists visited Chicago in a single year.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Visits Indiana Manufacturing Plants]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:56:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_387953173053.jpg
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will visit a pair of manufacturing plants in Indiana Tuesday, a week ahead of the state’s May 3 primary.

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers React to Rauner's Higher Education Funding Bill]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:43:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+halloween.jpg
Illinois lawmakers responded Monday to news that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure into law that will release $600 million to fund the state’s public colleges and universities through the summer.

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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About the Dennis Hastert Case]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/202*120/Hastert3.png
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty to financial crimes related to a hush money scandal that stems from sexual "improprieties" committed decades ago. He will be sentenced Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[CPS: Removal of Outspoken Principal Was 'Not a Political Decision']]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:41:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blaine+Elementary2.png
After a two-hour heated community meeting, the Chicago Board of Education's Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson says the removal of Troy LaRaviere, the outspoken principal of Blaine Elementary School,...

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<![CDATA[Sen. Dick Durbin Visits Chicago to Address Gun Violence]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:12:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DickDurbin.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin visited Chicago Monday to meet with students in Englewood to discuss gun violence prevention.]]>
<![CDATA[Hastert Accuser Sues for Breach of Contract]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:58:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert2.png
One of Dennis Hastert’s accusers has sued the former House Speaker for breach of contract.

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<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Indiana Could Be a Big Presidential Showdown]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:44:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000017484845_1200x675_672073795615.jpg
Indiana could be a major factor in the GOP race for president, Republicans are skipping the convention, and Illinois had a voter turnout to be proud of. NBC 5's Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern report on the...]]>
<![CDATA[Hastert's Wife Writes Judge, Pleading For Mercy]]> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:23:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert.png
Letters of support written on behalf of Dennis Hastert were released Friday, including a plea from the former House Speaker's wife, who asked the judge to consider his family in his sentencing decision.

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<![CDATA[City Leaders Fight for Funding to Combat Violence]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:43:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000017485037_1200x675_672005699797.jpg
City leaders from several big cities are facing challenges when it comes to fighting violence. They have a plan they think could work, but it needs funding. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[CSU Responds to $600M Funding Fix]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:25:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/csu.png
Chicago State University issued a release Friday addressing state lawmakers' approval of a $600 million spending bill to keep Illinois' public universities and colleges open and operational through the summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Ill. GOP Using Lewis’ Rauner ISIS Comment as Fundraising Tool]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:20:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/karen+lewis+and+jesse+sharkey.jpg
Earlier this week, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called Gov. Bruce Rauner a “new ISIS recruit” and now the Illinois Republican Party is using her statements as a fundraising tool.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk to Skip GOP Convention: 'Got to Really Do My Hair That Week']]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:27:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MarkKirk123.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk told Roe Conn Thursday that he wouldn’t be attending the Republican National Convention in July because he will be busy doing his hair.]]>
<![CDATA[Alderman Attacked Outside Ward Office]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:46:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/burnett+0421.jpg
Alderman Walter Burnett was attacked outside his West Side ward office Thursday Night, police confirmed.

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<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders Defends Ousted CPS Principal]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:28:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_640277810150.jpg
Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders came to the defense of a Chicago Public School principal who was reassigned by the district Wednesday after being critical of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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<![CDATA[Report: Illinois House Pushes Fantasy Sports Betting Reform]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:11:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bears-Vikings-AP_798323654617.jpg
A House committee advanced legislation Wednesday that looks to tax and regulate fantasy sports in Illinois.

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<![CDATA[Head of Police Accountability Task Force Reacts to Mayor's Plan]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:28:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+0403+radio.jpg
The head of Chicago Police Accountability Task Force says she takes the mayor at his word, when he calls a series of reforms announced Thursday, only a “down payment” on what needs to be done to increase...]]>
<![CDATA[CPS Tells Outspoken Principal He's Been 'Reassigned']]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 23:13:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blaine+Elementary2.png
One of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's sharpest critics has lost his job: Chicago Public Schools has removed Troy LaRaviere as principal from Blaine School in Lakeview.

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<![CDATA[City Implements Plan to Reform Police Department]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chi-AP_16103677619287.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his new superintendent Eddie Johnson are preparing will outline a plan to reform the city's police department Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Congressmen to Tour Chicago, Launch Anti-Violence Campaign]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:47:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Crime-Scene-Tape-Police-041516.jpg
A group of congressmen, led by Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly, will visit Chicago Friday to launch the Urban Progress Initiative, a federal initiative aimed at reducing gun violence and stimulating economic...

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<![CDATA[CPS on the Hook for $23 Million Following State Tax Mistake]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:43:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/education+stock+diversity+school+students+classroom+raise+hands.jpg
An error related to the state of Illinois’ distribution of personal property taxes on businesses could cost Chicago Public Schools $23.5 million.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Senate Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:19:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEED_GettyImages-460260640.jpg
The Illinois Senate approved a measure Tuesday to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the state.

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