November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules

"This is a huge victory for teachers, nurses, firefighters and police and all the working people in the state," Illinois Federation of Labor President Dan Montgomery said. "They did what they said they were going to do, rule it unconstitutional. These ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Turkey Facts to Amaze Your Guests

--According to the National Turkey Federation (yes, that actually exists), Americans eat about 16 pounds of turkey per person, every year. Now, I like turkey, but with the exception of the occasional deli sandwich, I only eat turkey on Thanksgiving. I ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

If Labor stayed home, then they reaped what they sowed

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, as a speaker on a labor panel at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, said that union members and non-union “working people” typically make up 20-22 percent of the electorate. He estimated that this ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CTA approves 2015 budget with no fare increases

CTA President Forrest Claypool credits "responsible fiscal management." ___. Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, Comments. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Voice of The Southern: Carbondale, Gov. Quinn, Sesser money

If Quinn had refused a painting, he would have been the only Illinois governor, aside from the beyond-disgraced Rod Blagojevich, to be absent from the Hall of Governors portrait gallery. It wouldn't have been fair to Quinn or to the history of Illinois ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Burke files petitions for re-election bid

Ald. Edward Burke (14th) filed his nomination petitions Monday, seeking re-election to a 13th term in office. Burke filed nearly 3,500 signatures that came from eligible voters residing in the 14th Ward. He began his career in 1965 as a Chicago police ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Developers eager to start Pulaski Promenade work

Foundations are being laid for the long-awaited Pulaski Promenade retail development at 41st and Pulaski Road, and the project developers explained their plans and answered questions at the Nov. 12 Archer Heights Civic Association meeting.

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Alderman Ameya wants Mayor Rahm to bring back full service to the Lincoln ...

Alas, the CTA board—at the urging of president Forrest Claypool, a mayoral appointee—cut the Western-to-Fullerton leg in 2012. Presumably, the CTA, having conducted a demographic study, concluded that no one lives and/or shops in that three-or-so ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel Challengers Push To Make It Onto The Ballot In Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel left, listens while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti right, looks on during a panel discussion about the issues facing the nation's big cities at the University of Chicago, in Chicago, Thursday, March, 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Panel approves 6 more marijuana dispensaries, denies 1 for Wicker Park

Ald. Ed Burke had asked at a previous meeting that a proposed dispensary in his 14th Ward, at 4568-70 S. Archer Ave., be deferred as he pushed for tougher security measures, including 24-hour security guards at all Chicago dispensaries. On Friday ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Crain's writer debriefs election results with Federation's Governtment Affairs ...

Hinz began by quoting Mayor Richard M. Daley: “It all comes down to why the other guy got more votes.” Focusing on the Illinois state gubernatorial race, Hinz spoke about Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's strategy and the shift in Chicago voting trends ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois pension reform struck down

Given the state's bleak financial condition, the Illinois Attorney General's office argued that the measure was justified under the state's police powers, which gives broad authority to the General Assembly to act for the general welfare, for example ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Teachers Union Turns Tables on Politicians With 'Candidate Evaluation ...

If you're a political candidate seeking endorsement from the powerful Chicago Teachers Union, then you must fill out a "candidate evaluation" form to measure your worthiness. It's an amusing new strategy for the CTU, one that offers clever commentary ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Doctors Urge CPS To Help Students Adopt Better Sleep Habits

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) – Pediatricians have recommended the Chicago Public Schools start classes for high school and middle school students later in the day, so students can get more sleep, but with Mayor Rahm Emanuel rebuffing such efforts, some doctors ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Suburban school candidates face longer trip to get on the ballot

The county said it is "very comfortable" handling the school board candidate filings because it already does so for countywide offices, including the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

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