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August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Group picked by Quinn administration made no loans, but kept $150000

Rod Blagojevich. Under Blagojevich, the state funded "entrepreneurship centers," which sought to connect small-business owners with various marketing and businesses counseling services. One of those centers was a 2003 partnership with CCV and the ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Cost of misdeeds by public officials an unneeded 'tax'

Illinois seems almost pale in comparison. It saw 1,828 officials — from council members to judges — convicted on corruption charges between 1976 and 2010 (the most noteworthy, the conviction of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, wasn't until June 27, 2011).


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

THE CHICAGO WAY: Why Bruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel are (REALLY ...

Prior to the passage of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's city ordinance in May, Uber had essentially been operating an illegal taxi service in Chicago, one of the most highly regulated cities for cab companies in the country. It was just a few weeks later that ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Council OKs renaming park to honor Jane Byrne

Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, who proposed finding a way to honor Byrne after a Sun-Times gossip columnist who worked for Byrne decades ago promoted the idea, said today it was a way to not only Byrne, but inspire young women who would strive to live up to ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago aldermen approve 911 fee hike

"It would maybe pan out to be a little bit more, but I think it would be more feasible to handle monthly than it would all at once," said Ald. Carrie Austin, 34th, chairman of the council Budget Committee. "It may not be as much pain monthly, as it ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago City Council: Meddling with your gas tank

The Chicago City Council has a long history of doing nefarious things to its citizens, but as far as we can tell, it has never tried to ruin your car's engine. There's a first for everything. A council committee is set to hold a hearing Monday on an ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel rides a Divvy bike in front of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois building after announcing a new partnership to support Divvy bike share and bicycling programs in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel rides a Divvy bike in front of the ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel's 2015 budget puts off pension crisis for now

A steady-as-you-go, election-year outlook for 2015 says the city of Chicago faces a budget gap of $297.3 million next year if nothing changes, the smallest structural deficit since Mayor Rahm Emanuel came into office and started doing annual budget ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel “City Of Big Hearts … Will Welcome” 1000 Migrant Children

WBBM Newsradio's John Cody reports Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th) and Ald. Edward Burke (14th) introduced the resolution calling for Chicago charities to work with the Obama administration to find housing and support services for the migrant children.


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago aldermen reduce oversight of their campaign fundraising

Aldermen voted 41-6 to allow the Board of Ethics to review campaign finances of aldermen and other council candidates for violations of city campaign limits, even though the ethics board chairman had urged aldermen to give the authority to Legislative ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago aldermen endorse higher phone fees

Everyone with a phone billed to a Chicago address would be hit with a 911 fee increase by Oct. 1 under a measure the City Council Finance Committee endorsed Tuesday. With a solid majority of the 50 aldermen signed on — and Mayor Rahm Emanuel ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Arrest made in Schuyler Co. Child Porn operation

“I would like to thank the Illinois Attorney General's Office and her staff for their hard work and commitment to pursuing these offenders,” said Schuyler County State's Attorney Ramon Escapa. “We will continue working with the Illinois Attorney ...


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Hayes: Defending the IHSA is surprisingly easy

There was a “hearing” in Springfield before the General Assembly back in May during which officials testified before lawmakers, many of whom had little to no idea what the IHSA is, does or can do. ... On the other hand, you have the State of Illinois.


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City budget puts off day of reckoning until after election

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ruled out a pre-election increase in property or sales taxes, but he'll have to find another way to close a $297.3 million budget gap that assumes the Illinois General Assembly will lift the pension hammer hanging over Chicago.


August 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

'Millionaire tax' question to appear on fall ballot

Illinois has a flat tax for incomes, which is currently 5 percent after Quinn and Democrats who control the legislature approved increasing the rate from 3 percent following the 2010 election. The personal rate is scheduled to roll back to 3.75 percent ...


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