January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

STATEHOUSE REEDER: Quinn's absence spoke volumes

With the exception of the day Rod Blagojevich was impeached, the outgoing governor — for at least the last 50 years — has always been there to hand the reins over to his successor. It's a gracious thing to do. In a democracy power is handed over ...

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Watchdogs: Rahm Emanuel's fundraising nears $30 million

About 5 percent of the $29.8 million raised by campaign funds backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has come from developers; employees of companies that do business with City Hall, city pension funds or city agencies, and from Chicago's two financial ...

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Cubs, City Of Chicago Will Celebrate Ernie Banks' Life

Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago will host the statue, which has been temporarily removed from its home at the corner of Clark and Addison during the current phase of the Wrigley Field restoration project. The statue is being transported from a ...

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Ex-prosecutor's 2012 arrest doesn't deter her from seeking county job

In one such clerical job, one of the references listed on Naughton's application was Daniel Joyce, who we're told is the son of political powerbroker Jeremiah Joyce, a close ally of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Aside from coming from a clout ...

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Obama 2.0 moving up in Chicago

... the Chicago Board of Education president who committed suicide in 2009. Frank Bass is a consultant who has worked in county government, has won endorsements from the Chicago Teachers Union and IVI/IPO. This crowded field is headed for a runoff.

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Andrew Cuomo Rebukes Teachers Unions: 'Don't Say You Represent the ...

And this isn't merely some quirk of New York politics, as the same thing has happened on a local scale in numerous cities such as Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Democratic politicians everywhere are more willing to take on teachers unions than ever ...

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

More Than 85 Flights Cancelled at O'Hare as Wet Snow Hits Chicago

As of 7:30 a.m., the weather has prompted airlines at O'Hare Airport to cancel more than 85 flights, but other flights were experiencing normal operations, according to the city's Department of Aviation. There were no flight cancellations or delays at ...

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Online maps will outline Chicago-area's transportation woes, need for money

Locally, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace have fallen $3 billion further behind previous years in investing in new equipment and maintaining the transit system, according to a report released last week by the Regional Transportation Authority.

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Cook County hospital likely to end birth services

She has accepted as inevitable that the hospital's board will decide on Friday to end obstetrics services at the 57-year-old hospital, effective July 1. That's too close to her due date to go ahead with her plans to have the baby in the hospital ...

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Budget cuts put a big hole in housing authority security

The Chicago Housing Authority spends $20.7 million a year on private security, plus $2 million on its surveillance camera system, and pays $6 million annually to the city's police department for guaranteed police patrols. Why spend anything on security ...

January 26, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Public housing officials won't verify whether residents are the truly needy

The Council is composed of officials from big city public housing authorities such as New York and Chicago. Such authorities are typically creatures of municipal governments. The effects of the policy switch are visible at public housing projects, but ...

January 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

How will Illinois' high court rule on pension reform?

A third Democrat, Anne Burke, wife of Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, chairman of the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee, raised so much money that she gave partial refunds totaling $660,400, which were factored into Crain's calculations. She was ...

January 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel, challengers face off over elected school boards

The issue of an elected school board has been driven by Emanuel's chief political nemesis, the Chicago Teachers Union, as an outgrowth of the first-term mayor's 2013 decision to have his school board close 49 elementary schools and a high school ...

January 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Drawn out of his ward, Fioretti 'ready to step out there and take the lead ...

Instead, the Chicago Teachers Union and other labor groups have backed Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia while still others have backed Emanuel. Fioretti lags both of them as well as businessman Willie Wilson, who has donated more than ...

January 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

In school discipline, intervention may work better than punishment

Through a series of stories and a blog (, and by teaming up with community and educational groups in a series of public forums, we hope to create a conversation among teachers, parents, students and others focused on the ways some are ...

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