<![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-usThu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:48 -0500Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:48 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rauner Unveils Changes to Illinois Lottery]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:50:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Illinois+Lottery.png
The state of Illinois will dump the current company running the Illinois Lottery and look for a new private management partner, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Third Night of the DNC Brings High-Profile Speakers]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018888525_1200x675_733472323697.jpg
12 years after the convention speech that launched his journey to the White House, President Barack Obama gives the final convention speech of his presidency Wednesday night. NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Biden, Obama Urge Voters to Support Clinton at DNC]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:34:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018890546_1200x675_733642307697.jpg
Sen. Tim Kaine, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Barack Obama took the stage on the third night of the Democratic National Convention to urge voters to support Hillary Clinton, and condemn Donald]]>
<![CDATA[Plaintiffs Reject Settlement in Duckworth Suit: Report]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:38:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy+Duckworth.png
Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s workplace retaliation suit is, once again, set for trial, after the case’s plaintiffs refused to accept a settlement offer, the Daily Herald reports.

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<![CDATA[Tammy Duckworth Set to Speak at DNC]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:50:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy+Duckworth.png
Tammy Duckworth, one of the few Illinois elected officials to take the stage at the Democratic National Convention, is set to speak Thursday. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

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<![CDATA[Biden, President Obama to Speak at DNC Wednesday]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:15:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/176*120/0506obama.JPG
Both Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama are expected to speak at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[One on One: Lester Holt Talks Politics at DNC]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:36:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018887469_1200x675_733398595953.jpg
Mary Ann Ahern talks politics with Lester Holt at the Democratic National Convention.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk Releases Snapchat Filter Tying Duckworth to Blagojevich]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TammyBlago.png
Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign released a Snapchat filter this week that ties his opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, to incarcerated former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Sandack Filed a Police Report Before Resigning]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:14:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
The Downers Grove Police Department released an incident report filed by former state Rep. Ron Sandack, who told the department that he was the victim of an “Internet scam” earlier this month.]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Durbin 'Not Thinking About' Gubernatorial Run]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:20:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DickDurbin.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin’s office quelled rumors Wednesday that the Democratic leader is considering a run for Illinois governor in 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Obamas Choose Jackson Park for Library Site: Source]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:50:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Obama7.png
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have chosen Chicago's historic Jackson Park as the site for the Obama Presidential Center, a source familiar with the process confirmed to NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Wins Nomination in Historic Vote]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:24:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018879663_1200x675_733059139529.jpg
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is writing a new chapter in America’s 240-year history. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Bill Clinton Embraces Role of Political Spouse at DNC]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:00:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bill+Clinton+at+DNC+Speech.png
Bill Clinton took the stage Tuesday night for his 10th address to a Democratic convention, the ex-president, husband and party standard-bearer step into a singular role in American history: potential first...

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<![CDATA[Toni Preckwinkle Sat Next to Bill Clinton at DNC Monday]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:23:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Toni+Preckwinkle1.jpg
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle sat next to former President Bill Clinton during the first night of the Democratic National Convention Monday.]]>
<![CDATA[Clinton Wins Historic Nomination for President]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:13:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018871483_1200x675_732704323773.jpg
Breaking a historic barrier, Hillary Clinton triumphantly captured the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday night. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Chris Kennedy Slams Rauner at DNC]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:42:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kennedy+rauner.jpg
Businessman Chris Kennedy stoked further speculation about a possible gubernatorial run after slamming Gov. Bruce Rauner during a breakfast at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Mothers Impacted by Gun Violence Play Role at DNC]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:01:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018870912_1200x675_732658755884.jpg
Victims of gun violence will play a role at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel to Attend Final 2 Days of DNC]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:54:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel11.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will attend the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday and Thursday, the mayor’s office confirmed.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Democrats Looking Ahead to 2018 Governor’s Race]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:36:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018861808_1200x675_732305987580.jpg
Despite being in the middle of the Democratic National Convention, Illinois Democrats have a race in mind aside from the run for president: Who will replace Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Democratic National Convention Kicks Off]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:53:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018856113_1200x675_732125763621.jpg
First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and many more spoke during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern is in Philadelphia with more details.]]>
<![CDATA[Democratic National Convention Begins Amid Controversy]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:41:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018853247_1200x675_731921987630.jpg
The Democratic National Convention began Monday afternoon amid controversy. A hacked release of thousands of DNC emails revealed the party leadership favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during primary...]]>
<![CDATA[Durbin Deflects Speculation About Gubernatorial Run at DNC]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:52:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dick+durbin+april+%2715.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin deflected questions about a potential run for governor as Illinois Democrats gathered in Philadelphia to kick off the Democratic National Convention Monday.

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<![CDATA[State Rep. Sandack Resigns, Citing 'Cyber Security Issues']]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:54:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
Illinois Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, a close ally of Gov. Bruce Rauner, resigned Sunday, citing “cyber security issues.”]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Luis Gutierrez Scheduled to Speak at DNC Monday]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:54:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/luisgutierrezdnc.jpg
Rep. Luis Gutierrez is scheduled to give a speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Democrats Seek Display of Unity Despite Leadership Shuffle]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:53:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018844490_1200x675_731636291709.jpg
Democrats are opening their national convention in Philadelphia eager to show off a forward-looking party united behind Hillary Clinton, but they face lingering bitterness among supporters of defeated rival...]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Delegates Head to the Democratic Convention]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:47:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018838372_1200x675_731386435546.jpg
The Democratic convention is scheduled to begin in Philadelphia on Monday, and NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest details.]]>
<![CDATA[From Cleveland to Philadelphia: Focus Shifts to DNC]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:04:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TLMD-Hillary-Clinton-EFE-636045807412549011.jpg
The Democratic National Convention begins Monday. Mary Ann Ahern reports live from Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Kirk, Duckworth Still Tight; Clinton Pulls Ahead]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:19:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+kirk+illinois.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk is leading Rep. Tammy Duckworth by a slim margin in his bid for reelection, while presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a large lead in Illinois, a new poll...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Apologizes for Controversial CPS E-Mail]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_863097762336-sm.jpg
During a press conference in Chicago Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner apologized Friday for calling half of Chicago Public School teachers “illiterate” and half of the district’s principals “incompetent."

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<![CDATA[Duckworth to Speak at Democratic National Convention]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:18:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy-Duckworth3.jpg
Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s campaign confirmed Friday that the congresswoman will speak at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Trump References Chicago Violence During RNC Speech ]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:44:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578134196-%281%29.jpg
Chicago's violence was once again spotlighted on a national level as Donald Trump mentioned the city's headline-making shootings during his speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention.

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<![CDATA[Duckworth Draws Scrutiny Over Tweet About Kirk, Trump]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+wins.jpg
Rep. Tammy Duckworth allegedly made false claims about Sen. Mark Kirk last month, accusing the senator of calling for the mass arrest of 18,000 African-Americans and supporting presumptive Republican...

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<![CDATA[Day 4 of GOP Convention: More Protests]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:42:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rnc-protests-flagburning.png
Protests continued once again for the fourth day of the GOP convention in Cleveland. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Moment: Nominee to Make His Case, Close Convention]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:29:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578134196-%281%29.jpg
It's Donald Trump's moment to make his case to the country — and to the many rattled doubters in his own party. Carol Marin reports.

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<![CDATA[Rudy Giuliani Comments on Chicago's Violence During RNC]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:13:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-577286874-rnc.jpg
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has some advice for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel when it comes to combating the city’s rising violence rates.

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<![CDATA[Ill. Delegate Booted from RNC for Racially Charged FB Post]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:19:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/207*120/gayne+delegate.png
A member of the Illinois delegation at this week’s Republican National Convention had her credentials pulled Wednesday after allegedly posting racially charged comments to Facebook earlier this week.

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<![CDATA[Big Trump Campaign Contributor Launches 'Hug Campaign']]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:28:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/kumar+hug.png
One of Donald Trump’s largest financial contributors is a suburban Chicago businessman many have never heard of. And he’s on a mission to change the Republican party in a way many would never expect.]]>
<![CDATA[Term of Grand Jury Hearing Ex-US Rep. Schock's Case Ends]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:56:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Schock.png
The term of a federal grand jury that heard evidence for more than a year on possible spending violations by former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has expired, though legal experts said that doesn't mean the...

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<![CDATA[Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Takes Center Stage at RNC]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:31:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018790564_1200x675_729156675850.jpg
Indiana Governor Mike Pence took the stage at the RNC to accept the Republican nomination for Vice President on Wednesday. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports from Cleveland.]]>
<![CDATA[Cruz Booed, Pence Introduced at Republican Convention]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:08:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018790563_1200x675_729155139973.jpg
Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention saw four former presidential candidates deliver speeches before Indiana Governor Mike Pence accepted the party's nomination for Vice President.]]>
<![CDATA[Several Arrested at Flag-Burning Protest at RNC Convention]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:36:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-578065990-rnc.jpg
A notorious flag-burner, who set an American flag on fire outside the Dallas Republican National Convention in 1984, was among several demonstrators arrested Wednesday in the most turbulent protest since...

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<![CDATA[Mike Pence to Take the Stage at GOP Convention]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:36:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TrumpPence-AP_16198598746337.jpg
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will vouch for Donald Trump's conservative values Wednesday night as he makes his national convention debut as Trump's running mate. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

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<![CDATA[Melania Trump's Speechwriter Admits Mistake]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:29:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/melania+speech1.jpg
A speechwriter for Donald Trump's company said Wednesday she made a mistake and apologized for using passages from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech in the Republican party convention speech delivered by Melania...

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