April 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Progress: D150's CNA program offers students a new opportunity in the health ...

“One of the reasons Peoria was selected is because of the work that was already being done,” says Sam Nelson of Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which has been overseeing the Pathways network statewide. He mentioned the CNA program and an ...

April 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rising speed limits spur safety concerns

In Illinois, the legislature voted to raise the speed limit to 70 mph on state toll roads, but that measure was vetoed by then-Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, who cited safety concerns. Late last year, lawmakers overwhelmingly overrode Quinn's veto ...

April 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

BGA Public Eye: Rauner appointee to Illinois Gaming Board heads group that ...

Pat Quinn, said “people who sit on the board can't take money” from the casino industry. “We've always held very strict standards.” In January, Rauner replaced Jaffe with Tracy, a Springfield lawyer. “The administration does not believe these prior ...

April 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

THE WATCHDOGS: Grant would have benefited deadbeat ex-con who owed ...

When Cinespace Chicago Film Studios was handed a $10 million grant in December by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn's administration, the studio said it planned to spend more than half of the taxpayer money to buy four buildings near its North Lawndale campus.

April 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Will, Grundy educators: combining schools doesn't always lead to more efficiency

Pat Quinn assembled the Classrooms First Commission. In a 2012 report, the commission concluded that while Illinois has a large number of school districts and many have argued consolidation would lead to lower administrative and operational costs, ...

April 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Drained: How soaring rent prices are ravaging household budgets for millions

Rents are rising, and the work poor are spending more each month on housing, forcing tough choices between shelter and essentials, such as food and medicine. While local programs offer some assistance, the federal government has no appetite for ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Counterpoint: Ban red-light cameras in every Illinois city and town

Surely, the city of Chicago can find ways to address its financial problems other than to punish the residents of the most economically declining neighborhoods, many of whom have been forced to file bankruptcy to continue to have the privilege of ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Gay Caucus To Form On Chicago City Council

The Chicago City Council is set to see its first Gay Caucus in the city's history. Openly gay Alds. Raymond Lopez (15th), Deb Mell (33rd), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), Tom Tunney (44th) and James Cappleman (46th) are expected to form the council's first ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Mayor Emanuel Chooses CTA President Forrest Claypool As Next Chief Of Staff

Claypool has a long history in Chicago politics and public service. He started working with David Axelrod in the mid-'80s, before becoming Mayor Richard M. Daley's Chief of Staff in 1989. In 1993, Claypool took over as CEO and Superintendent of Chicago ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Innovative Method soap factory shows historic Pullman has a future

The 75,000-square-foot greenhouse, to be run by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Gotham Greens and expected to start operation in June, is the latest advance in Chicago's forward-thinking tradition of green roofs begun under former Mayor Richard M. Daley. It will ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Legislature Passes Youth Sentencing Reform Legislation

This bill is an important first step toward addressing the significant issues faced by children who enter the adult criminal justice system in Illinois. The Illinois General Assembly should be applauded for balancing need for public safety, justice for ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

News briefs for April 24

The Illinois General Assembly in 2009 passed a law allowing the creation of stroke systems of care in Illinois, identifying hospitals capable of providing emergent stroke care and directing EMS to take possible acute stroke patients to such hospitals ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois budget cuts include $106 million less for Medicaid

Bruce Rauner delivers his budget address to the General Assembly in Springfield. A bipartisan agreement to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole including more than $1.3 billion in fund transfers from a variety of sources to avert shutdowns of Illinois state ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Bill sponsor: Time to end pension double-dipping in Illinois

There's no question that to truly get Illinois back on firm financial ground we will need to address one of our largest annual expenses – pensions. While the constitutionality of comprehensive reforms passed in a previous General Assembly is tested in ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Drive is on to reconsider naming COD building for Breuder

Pat Quinn at the school's commencement, the better to obtain $20 million out of the state budget for a new teaching facility. After almost one year of contentious board meetings where public watchdog groups grilled the board over transparency, spending ...

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