March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rauner budget not friendly to the outdoors

That would be difficult to swallow in the best of times, but let's remember the IDNR budget was decimated during the Rod Blagojevich regime. This is an agency that is just now getting on its feet. The proposed cut guts the sustainability measure passed ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Protesters Keep Pressure On CPD Over Homan Square Facility (VIDEO)

The pending reparations ordinance -- which has languished in the Finance Committee chaired by powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th) since its October 2013 introduction -- would require the city of Chicago to set aside $20 million for financial compensation and ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel's Office Denies Mayor Screamed At Mental Health Advocates

Two Chicago mental health activists contend Mayor Rahm Emanuel placed himself nearly "nose to nose" with one of them in a private meeting and yelled, "You're gonna respect me!" after the pair disrupted a public meeting with the mayor.

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Sneed exclusive: Rahm to install countdown clocks for red-light cameras

Backshot: The timers and ordinance are parts of a package of reforms that the city Department of Transportation is working on to change the program, which was launched in 2003 during the regime of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. • During his time in ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Garcia says he will rid city of red light cameras if elected

In the race for Chicago mayor, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia promised to get rid of the city's red light cameras if he defeats Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the runoff election. Seizing on the unpopular red light cameras, Garcia promises to end the program. However, the ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

List of top consumer scams released

Today the BACP commissioner, the Better Business Bureau, the Illinois Attorney General and other federal authorities warned the public of the most popular scams as part of Consumer Protection Week. "Once you wire your money away I am here to tell you ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Attorney General says no criminal acts occurred with cash payments

MORRIS – The Illinois Attorney General's office found there is no basis for criminal charges against the Grundy County Sheriff's Department regarding the payment of cash to deputies who worked traffic control at Exelon.

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

City approves Pat Quinn Way

Want to embed media into your comment? Just paste in a URL in a separate paragraph to the page where you would normally view the media (like on YouTube) and it will automatically be embedded into your comment. Please enter the following letters ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Senate Bill 1573 Would Repeal Illinois Self-Procurement Tax

As we have previously covered in detail, at the end of its 2014 regular legislative session,the Illinois General Assembly enacted a multimillion dollar tax on Illinois companies using captive insurance arrangements (P.A. 98-978). The bill had been ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Public Schools announces Latino and Latin American Studies curriculum

Yesterday, Chicago Public Schools and the district's Latino Advisory Committee announced the Interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies Curriculum. The district describes it as a “comprehensive opportunity for quality instruction that meets ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

2 Investigators: High School Allegedly Used Grade-Cheating To Pass Students

Sources say the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Inspector General is looking into how Benito Juarez Community Academy High School uses “benchmark recovery” — a grading system that is supposed to help failing students meet standards. At Juarez, the ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

West Chicago Park District accepting baseball and softball registration

WEST CHICAGO – The West Chicago Park District is accepting registration for baseball and softball teams, the district announced in a news release. The deadline for league registration has passed, but the district will continue to accept participants ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Fitch Rates West Sacramento Area Flood Control, CA's Assessment Revs at 'AA ...

The agency was created in 1994 as a joint powers authority comprising the 22-square mile city and two reclamation districts responsible for maintaining the city's 52 miles of levees. ... West Sacramento, with a 2013 population of 49,891, occupies ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Moody's downgrades Chicago Park District's debt rating

"Given the city's extreme budget pressures, we believe (the park district's) financial operations and position could be indirectly affected through city officials' influence on policy making and budgeting," the rating agency said in a statement. The ...

March 06, 2015 @ 6:00 AM

CTA rides down almost 3% in 2014, despite record rail use

An 8 percent tumble in rides by bus customers — who far outnumber rail riders — dragged down the CTA's systemwide ridership for 2014, Chicago Transit Authority data released Friday indicated. The CTA blamed the 2014 drop in bus rides in part on ...

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