October 25, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Shakman: Monitor not political, but patronage Is

Rod Blagojevich's administration, while there have allegedly been roughly 500 such hires under current Gov. Pat Quinn. While exact numbers aren't known, Shakman said political hiring has been used for a “significant number,” employees and it will be ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

The Emerging Political Divide Between Public and Private Unions

The head of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, has pledged $1 million of union money to unseat Mr. Emanuel, up for re-election in February. Private unions ... The labor rift in Chicago politics has emerged elsewhere, too. Government ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Rauner: Short-term steps needed on state budget

“I will do what I can to bring back the administration and the government departments back from Chicago to Springfield. I know Gov. (Rod) Blagojevich, as payback for Sangamon County not supporting him, moved a lot of the government administration out ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Cockroach disrupts pest control chief's testimony

CHICAGO (AP) — A cockroach embarrassed a Chicago official in charge of pest control when it took a stroll near him in full view of some aldermen, and its stunt just might have cost it and its buddies their lives. After Thursday's hearing in the City ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Aldermen urge mayor's office to keep tabs on transportation companies

Aldermen on Friday pressed the head of Chicago's Business Affairs office to make sure the ride-share companies that compete with taxi cabs honor new city regulations, but questioned whether there are enough inspectors on the payroll to keep sufficient ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago Activists Target 'Rubberstamp' Aldermen, Unveil Website Tracking ...

In order to help voters prep for that election, community activists launched a new website Thursday designed to make the votes of Chicago aldermen more transparent and clear. “Voters need a real tool to understand who their alderman stand for and what ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Bugged City Hall bugs Chicago alderman

City Hall is bugged. Alderman are scurrying around looking for answers. Where did the bugs come from, who planted the bugs, why can't anyone get rid of the bugs? During a budget hearing this week, Alderman Brendan Reilly (42), interrupted the testimony ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

State pension bump could threaten pay raises for NOPD officers, councilwoman ...

"So while I'm delighted the mayor has presented a 5 percent pay increase, the hope that that would be higher is certainly, in my opinion, thwarted by the increase the retirees chose to give themselves," Head said. New Orleans Finance Director Norman ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Opinion: Was City Duped on Interest Rate Swaps?

Now, activists and others are calling on the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools to come clean about their own dealings with interest rate swaps, charging the city and CPS are dragging their feet in doing all they can to challenge the terms ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Horror can hide in Gary's empty houses

She struck gold with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who suggested a partnership with the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, where Daley is a lecturer. What resulted was a course designed by Daley and Freeman-Wilson called ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Rauner, Quinn pile up cash, compete for women voters

Brennan did similar work in a case involving City Hall under then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. Quinn has a labor union rally planned in Rosemont on Saturday, while Rauner planned to campaign throughout the north and northwest suburbs this weekend.

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Cotter Construction welcomes new group manager

In 2006, he was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley as the First Deputy Executive Director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago, where he led the restructuring of the agency. John joins Cotter from the URS Corporation, where he served as ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Lisa Madigan leads big in attorney general race, Tribune poll finds

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan holds an overwhelming advantage against her Republican challenger as she seeks her fourth term, a Chicago Tribune poll finds. The survey found Madigan with 61 percent support compared with 24 percent for Paul ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Will Madigan's opinion cause vote-counting delays?

(AP) — With less than two weeks until Illinois' high-stakes elections, an attorney general opinion has some officials rethinking vote-counting procedures in ways that they say could cause big delays in announcing results. Elections officials across ...

October 25, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Construction of DePaul Arena Will Begin in January 2015

As the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (McPier) prepares to move the landmark Harriet F. Rees House from its current location to a lot just a block away, the organization that owns and operates McCormick Place is preparing for its next big ...

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