<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Ward Room]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago https://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 17 Dec 2017 06:26:55 -0600Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:26:55 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[McCarthy Still Evaluating Potential Mayoral Run]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:25:18 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/McCarthy+12-15.png
Former Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy is still undecided about whether to run for mayor in 2019, but he says that he feels he can do a better job in leading the city than the current mayor.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Doug Jones' Chicago Connection]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:58:46 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/voter-doug-jonnes.jpg
In this week's Deep Dish, NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin explore Chicago's connections to Doug Jones' Senate triumph in Alabama, and what former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett has...

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<![CDATA[Trump: 'What the Hell Is Going on in Chicago?']]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:58:24 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-892901900.jpg
President Donald Trump spoke at FBI headquarters on Friday, and once again the conversation turned toward gun violence in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Questions to Quinn About Vets Home Promised, Not Completed]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:12:03 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479371997.jpg
On Wednesday, the controversy over the deaths of 13 veterans at a facility in downstate Illinois roiled the gubernatorial race. On Thursday, the attorney general’s race was also affected by the issue.

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<![CDATA[Madigan Appealing Net Neutrality Rollback]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:59:27 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Madigan+9-14.png
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining a group of law enforcement officials opposing the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Emanuel Playfully Dismisses Presidential Run]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:32:03 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000027135501_1200x675_1116560451677.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel playfully dismissed questions about whether he would consider a run for president during a news conference. ]]>
<![CDATA[Suit: Assessor Unfairly Burdened Minority Property Owners]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:26:18 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5P+PKG+BERRIOS+PROPERTY+TAX+-+00003318_28094127.png
Two community organizations have filed a lawsuit against the Cook County Assessor’s Office after they alleged that the office “systematically” shifted the burden of residential property taxes onto minority...]]>
<![CDATA[Attorney General Ballot Set for Illinois Primary]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:48:39 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kwame+Raoul+9-20_28974385.jpg
The Illinois State Board of Elections held its lottery to determine the order in which candidates will appear on the March primary ballot.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Under Fire for Deaths at Quincy Veteran's Home]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:43:12 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Legionnaires+Disease+12-13.png
Governor Bruce Rauner is under fire Wednesday as a new report reveals the details of the deaths of 13 people at a veteran’s home in downstate Quincy.]]>
<![CDATA[Primary Ballot Set for Illinois Governor's Race]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:44:17 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/JB+pritzker+NC+-+00033503_30057019.jpg
The Illinois State Board of Elections held its lottery Wednesday to determine the order in which candidates will appear on the March primary ballot.]]>
<![CDATA[Consumers Eligible for Payments in TV Set Lawsuit]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:39:37 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-84013150.jpg
Illinois residents who purchased a certain type of television set could be eligible for payments after a class-action lawsuit was settled by the Attorney General’s office.

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<![CDATA[Dem. Candidates for Illinois' 6th District Speak at Forum]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:37:31 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ahern+Democratic+6Th+District+Debate+-+00222814_30053030.png
Both taxes and health care were two of the main topics at the first forum of all seven candidates running for the Democratic nomination to unseat Rep. Peter Roskam.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Declares Chicago a 'Trump-Free Zone' on 'Late Show']]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:53:06 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel+colbert.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday night to declare Chicago a “Trump-free zone.”

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<![CDATA[Biss Wins Straw Poll of Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:44:14 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sen._biss.png
Democratic State Sen. Daniel Biss won the straw poll conducted after the Women's Forum for the Democratic Candidates this past Saturday. Only the candidates who participated in the forum were part of the

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<![CDATA[Rauner Calls on Berrios to Resign as Cook County Assessor]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:53:58 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+berrios.png
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced plans to call on Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios to resign Monday following an investigation revealing inequities and errors in Berrios' assessment system.

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<![CDATA[3 Members of Congress Endorse Kaegi for Cook County Assessor]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:18:44 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DANNY+DAVIS+ENDORSEMENT+PRESSER+kaegi.png
Three members of Congress endorsed Fritz Kaegi for Cook County Assessor Sunday, as incumbent Joe Berrios continues to face the fallout of a report alleging that his office has failed to assess thousands...]]>
<![CDATA[Monday Marks Last Day to Apply for Red-Light Ticket Refunds]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:19:23 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/red+light+camera+cdot.png
If you’ve received a ticket from a red-light or speed camera in Chicago, you may be eligible to get some of your money back - but you better act quickly, because Monday marks the final day to apply for a refund....

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<![CDATA[Dem. Candidates for Governor Take Part in Women's Forum]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:10:37 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dem+candidates+womens+forum.png
Four Democratic candidates for Illinois governor took part in a forum organized by dozens of women’s groups Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Preckwinkle, Rauner Make Waves]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:41:10 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17186703905956.jpg
In today's Deep Dish, NBC 5 Political Reporters Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern dig into the Republican race for governor, the latest happenings in local races, and much more. 

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<![CDATA[Forrest Claypool Resigns as Head of CPS]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:23:23 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/C_AP_524378871805.jpg
Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool will reportedly resign from his post as head of the city's embattled school district.

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<![CDATA[Hastert Could Soon Face Questions About Payoffs]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:31:09 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-494678186.jpg
A date is looming where disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will be forced to sit for questioning by lawyers representing the man who revealed his secret past.

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<![CDATA['I Will Be in Charge,' Pritzker Says as Senators Endorse Him]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:28:56 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Durbin+Pritzker+12-8.png
Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker picked up two huge endorsements on Friday, as Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth both added their support to his campaign.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Lipinski, Newman Race Drawing National Attention]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:22:08 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Newman+12-71.png
The race in Illinois’ 3rd District may not have the attention of the race to replace Luis Gutierrez, but a challenger to Rep. Dan Lipinski could change that.]]>
<![CDATA[Kennedy Calls for Berrios' Resignation Following Report]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:05:05 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chris+kennedy+1.png
After a scathing article accusing Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios of failing to properly assess thousands of properties, Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy is calling for his resignation.]]>
<![CDATA[Lawmakers Ask High Court to Hear Blagojevich Case]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:14:28 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rod+blagojevich+2017.jpg
A group of current and former Illinois lawmakers, including congressmen Luis Gutierrez, Bobby Rush, Jan Schakowsky, Danny Davis, and Mike Quigley, have asked the United States Supreme Court to take up the...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Attacks Pritzker in Battle of the Billionaires]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:43:03 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+pritzker.png
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner launched a feisty new attack on Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker Tuesday in an escalating battle of the billionaires.

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<![CDATA[Obama: Cities, States Are New Climate Change Leaders]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:18:25 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Obama-Emanuel-mayors.jpg
Former President Barack Obama says cities, states and nonprofit groups have emerged as “the new face of leadership” on climate change. He briefly spoke Tuesday to a summit of mayors from around the world...

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<![CDATA[Monday Key Deadline For Contested Races in Illinois]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:17:32 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-73275707.png
Monday was a key deadline for several other contested races. NBC 5's political reporter Mary Ann Ahern reports.

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<![CDATA[Rauner to Face Challenge in Republican Primary]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:15:19 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16222600932854.png
Monday is the last day to file as a candidate for the Illinois March primary and it's now clear Gov. Bruce Rauner will face a challenge in the Republican primary. State Rep. Jeanne Ives will run - and there may...

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<![CDATA[World Mayors in Chicago for North American Climate Summit]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:09:13 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel14.png
Mayors from around the world will gather in Chicago Monday as they prepare to sign a first-of-its-kind international agreement after President Donald Trump’s Administration decided to walk away from the...

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<![CDATA[Biss Questions Pritzker's Income Tax]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:47:46 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bizz+pritzker.jpg
Democratic candidates for governor JB Pritzker and Chris Kennedy released their income taxes last week, but opponent State Sen. Daniel Biss claims Pritzker's information falls far short of explaining his...]]>
<![CDATA[Candidates Scrambling to File Petitions Ahead of Deadline]]> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 18:27:50 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chuy+garcia+chris+kennedy.jpg
The hours are ticking down as candidates are scrambling to get their last-minute petitions together for the 2018 election cycle.]]>
<![CDATA[What the New Tax Bill Means for Illinois Residents]]> Sat, 02 Dec 2017 19:07:35 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-884414358.jpg
It’s been called the most sweeping tax reform bill in decades, but what does it mean for Illinois taxpayers?

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<![CDATA[Deep Dish: Gutierrez Decision Leaves Candidates Scrambling]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:36:11 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Gutierrez+11-29.png
The mad scramble to file petitions was made even crazier by the late announcement that Rep. Luis Gutierrez wouldn’t seek re-election. NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have more...

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<![CDATA[Brookins, Summers Consider Rush's Seat]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:53:31 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-85167614.png
It will be a very busy weekend for Chicago politicians who may be scrambling at the last minute to get signatures on the ballot.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Named 'Worst Republican Governor in America': Report]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:21:11 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17186703905956.jpg
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has been named the “worst Republican governor in America” by the National Review.

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<![CDATA[Judge Sues to Block Layoffs After Beverage Tax Repeal]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:49:19 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PRECKWRINKLE+HOUSING+and+JUDGE+EVANS+-+00375726_29903315.jpg
Cook County's chief judge has filed a complaint against Board President Toni Preckwinkle looking to stop layoffs in his office as the repeal of the county's controversial beverage tax begins.]]>
<![CDATA[Ald. Brookins to Circulate Petitions in Rush's District]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:30:37 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/howard+brookins+1.jpg
Ald. Howard Brookins has decided at the last minute to circulate petitions for the March primary to run for Congress in Illinois' 1st District, he told NBC 5 Friday.]]>
<![CDATA[Cook County Soda Tax Fizzles Out, But Not Without a Price]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:24:45 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6A+SOTVO+POP+TAX+REAX+-+00002603_29900526.jpg
Many Cook County residents will be saying good riddance to the sweetened beverage tax as it begins to be phased out Friday, but for some, the repeal of the controversial tax isn't all good.]]>
<![CDATA[Rush Has Yet to File Re-Election Petitions]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:19:46 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-85167614.png
Representative Bobby Rush is the only Illinois Congressman not to file his petitions for re-election, but this isn’t the first time that he’s put off filing.

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<![CDATA[Controversial Soda Tax Set to Expire]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:15:23 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17235613332572+2.png
Cook County residents will soon notice a big difference in their grocery bills, as the county’s controversial sweetened beverage tax will begin to be phased out on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Silverstein Files for Re-Election, Will Face New Challengers]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:48:55 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/State+Sen+Ira+Silverstein.png
Illinois State Sen. Ira Silverstein has filed to run for re-election despite being stripped of his leadership position since a victims' rights advocate accused him of sexual harassment.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Bernie Sanders Endorses 'Chuy' Garcia for US Rep.]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:08:47 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610996698.jpg
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the Democratic primary race for Illinois' 4th Congressional District.

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<![CDATA[Race to Replace Gutierrez Already Heating Up]]> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:08:34 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Gutierrez+11-29.png
Congressman Luis Gutierrez is reportedly mulling a presidential bid, but the race to replace him in the House is already heating up.

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