<![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-usMon, 22 May 2017 10:44:38 -0500Mon, 22 May 2017 10:44:38 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel Announces New 'One Chicago' Campaign]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 22:28:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel+One+Chicago+5-21.png
At the DuSable Museum of African History, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city’s new “One Chicago” campaign, and he drew from his family’s own history as he called for Chicagoans to be open and welcoming...]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Which Karaoke Songs Fit Illinois' Politicians?]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 17:37:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023703820_1200x675_948558915826.jpg
In this week’s “Deep Dish,” NBC 5’s Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss which karaoke songs suit which Illinois politicians, Senate Democrats strike out on their “Grand...]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Unveils Plan to Keep City Schools Open Through June]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 17:50:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel14.png
Officials on Friday are expected to reveal Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to fund keeping Chicago Public Schools kids in class until the end of the school year.

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<![CDATA[Politicians Ramp Up Rhetoric as Budget Impasse Continues]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 18:13:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner+Budget+5-18.png
From aldermen to workers in social service agencies, frustrations are high as Illinois lawmakers continue to inch toward yet another session without getting a new budget deal worked out by May 31.

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<![CDATA[GOP Continues Pushback on Pritzker Property Tax Reduction]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 18:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/JB.png
After Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker defended his appeal of a property tax assessment on a property in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois Republicans fired back with a new...]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Police Unveil New Use-of-Force Policy]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 17:32:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cod+johnson+use+of+force.png
Chicago police leadership say using deadly force should be a “last resort” in a conflict, a policy the district aims to emphasize in its new set of guidelines announced Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Will 'Grand Bargain' Pass the Senate? Sources Predict Drama]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 16:25:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_386110439915-BruceRauner.jpg
Springfield sources said "there will be a lot of drama in the Senate" Wednesday afternoon, as legislators continue attempts at brokering a deal to end Illinois’ nearly two-yearlong budget impasse.

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<![CDATA[Kinzinger Calls for Special Prosecutor Amid Trump Concerns]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 10:48:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-186201752.png
Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger called for an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate recent allegations against President Donald Trump Wednesday, making him among the first Congressional...

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Concerned Over Trump's Sharing of Classified Info]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 23:22:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump64.jpg
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are expressing their concern over President Donald Trump's sharing of classified information with Russia. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

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<![CDATA[Pritzker Defends Property Tax Reduction Application]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 17:11:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-170447248.png
Democratic candidate for Governor JB Pritzker defended Tuesday his decision to ask for a property tax reduction on the Gold Coast home that he purchased next to his mansion.

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<![CDATA[CTU Calls for 'No Confidence' Vote for CPS CEO]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 18:19:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/C_AP_524378871805.jpg
Chicago teachers are slated to take a vote of no confidence in Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool this week.

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<![CDATA[Lakefront Trail Separation Project Making Serious Progress]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 20:39:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71272154.jpg
The city of Chicago is working hard to separate pedestrian and bike traffic on the trails along Lake Michigan, and one portion of that construction work is nearing completion, the mayor’s office announced...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Water Commissioner Abruptly Resigns]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 16:41:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Barrett+Murphy+5-14.png
Chicago Water Commissioner Barrett Murphy abruptly resigned on Friday afternoon, and details have begun to emerge over what caused his sudden departure.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Dems Call For Special Prosecutor After Comey Firing]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 19:02:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023590061_1200x675_942830659707.jpg
Most of the Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation are calling for a special prosecutor to be brought in after the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Republicans have not weighed in.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: The Latest Illinois Political Headlines]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 18:32:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023589987_1200x675_942821955757.jpg
NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin discuss this week's Illinois headlines.]]>
<![CDATA[Longtime Chicago Budget Director To Leave in June]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 13:28:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel15.png
As the city of Chicago looks for ways to fill a nearly $600 million hole to fund Chicago Public Schools, a new setback has been revealed for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Won't Answer Questions on Potential Re-Election Run]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 13:09:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458423854.png
With less than three weeks left until the end of the legislative session, Governor Bruce Rauner is busy jamming both work-related and campaign events into his schedule.

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<![CDATA[Obama Library Projected to Create Thousands of Jobs]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 19:14:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+library+thumb.png
According to an Economic Impact Assessment commissioned by the Obama Foundation, the new Barack Obama Presidential Center is projected to have a massive economic impact on the South Side of Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Rauner, Emanuel Cut Ribbon at Factory Amidst Funding Battle]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 17:54:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner+Rahm+5-11.png
As they go back and forth over a budget gap that’s threatening to close Chicago Public Schools early for the summer, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner helped cut the ribbon on a...

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<![CDATA[Howland Announces Candidacy for 2018 6th District Race]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 12:54:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/howland.JPG
Democrat Amanda Howland ran against GOP Congressman Peter Roskam in the 6th District in 2016 and is announcing she will be a candidate in 2018 as well.]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan Calls for Special Counsel in Russia Probe]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 12:39:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495643540.jpg
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined a group of top law enforcement officials calling for a special counsel to investigate potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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<![CDATA[Rauner, Emanuel to Make Jobs Announcement in Chicago]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 07:28:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+rauner.jpg
After a war of words over Chicago Public Schools funding, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel will stand together Thursday to announce hundreds of jobs coming to the South Side of the city.

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<![CDATA[Bill to Expand Abortion Coverage Passes Illinois Senate]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 15:23:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-84538570.png
The Illinois Senate voted in favor of a bill to expand abortion coverage and ensure that it remains legal in the state on Tuesday, sending it to Governor Bruce Rauner's desk despite his public statement that he...

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<![CDATA[Illinois Politicians React to Comey Firing]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 21:16:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-677798864.jpg
After President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday night, Illinois politicians from both sides of the aisle issued statements on the dismissal.

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<![CDATA[Aldermen Demand Answers on CPS Budget Gap]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 23:48:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/carlos+ramirez+rosa.png
After several attempted fixes, including court challenges and pleas to state lawmakers, fell through, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is being pressed for answers on how the city plans to close an estimated...]]>
<![CDATA[Governor's Race Shaping Up to Be Battle of the Billionaires]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 12:43:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+pritzker.png
Voters head to the polls in Illinois in 10 months for the primary election and already the ad campaign on television signals that the amount of money that will be spent on the governor's race will be...

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<![CDATA[American Healthcare Plan Could Have 'Devastating' Impact]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 23:34:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023509799_1200x675_939149891739.jpg
Officials say the new American Healthcare Act, which passed the House last week and now heads to the senate, could have a "devastating" impact on Cook County residents. Charlie Wojciechowski.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Crime Commission to Meet With Sessions' Staff in DC]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 09:04:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jeff+Sessions+.png
The Chicago Crime Commission will meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' staff in Washington, D.C. Monday to discuss the violence plaguing the city of Chicago.

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<![CDATA[GOP State Sen. Brady Takes Lead in Brokering 'Grand Bargain']]> Sun, 07 May 2017 19:02:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield+capitol+illinois.png
With time running out – the Illinois General Assembly is set to conclude the legislative session at the end of the month – the pressure is on to reach a budget compromise.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Hosts Naturalization Ceremony With Mexico City's Mayor]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 21:16:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023477601_1200x675_937505859960.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a special naturalization ceremony in Chicago Friday with a special guest--the mayor of Mexico City. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: The Latest Illinois Political Headlines]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 20:27:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023479357_1200x675_937565763987.jpg
NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin discuss the latest political headlines in the state in this week's Deep Dish.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Responsible For Joliet Toddler's Death: Lawmakers]]> Sat, 06 May 2017 10:08:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/semajehome0505.png
Two state lawmakers said Friday that Illinois' budget crisis and Gov. Bruce Rauner share in the blame for the death of 1-year-old Semaj Crosby.]]>
<![CDATA[Roskam's Health Care Vote Has Democrats Lining Up To Oppose ]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 23:53:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-100610347.png
A Democrat contender is stepping up to the plate to try and unseat Congressman Peter Roskam in the 6th District.

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<![CDATA[See How Illinois Reps Voted on GOP Health Care Bill]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 17:48:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/capitolbuildingfeuerherdIII.jpg
The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering a victory for President Donald Trump just six weeks after nearly leaving the measure for dead.

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<![CDATA[McHenry County Board Chief Says He Received Death Threats]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 12:47:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jack+franks+2.png
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is getting police protection after he received what he interpreted as death threats on a local political activist’s blog.]]>
<![CDATA[Renderings Offer 1st Look at Obama Presidential Center]]> Wed, 03 May 2017 12:52:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+library+thumb.png
Renderings released Wednesday offer the first look at design plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Pritzker Releases New Ad in Race for Governor]]> Wed, 03 May 2017 07:20:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jb+pritzker+0406.jpg
The first TV ad from a Democratic candidate in the 2018 Illinois Governor race is on the air 10 months before the primary.]]>
<![CDATA[Sale of Thompson Center Hits Snag]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 10:08:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/thompson+center+ahern+52.png
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants to sell the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop, noting it will bring in big tax revenue for the city - but there's a glitch.]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Durbin Undergoes Outpatient Procedure at Northwestern]]> Tue, 02 May 2017 18:14:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dick+durbin+GettyImages-505901796.jpg
U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin will remain in Illinois for the remainder of the week after undergoing a procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Madigan, Durbin Say Trump Rejected Student Loan Protections]]> Tue, 02 May 2017 12:45:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/student+loan+madigan+durbin.png
Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are warning students applying to for-profit colleges of the financial dangers they may face, saying that President Trump's administration is...]]>