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October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Karen Lewis won't be Chicago's mayor – and that's America's loss

She took the mantle of past labor leaders who infused the Democratic Party with an egalitarian ethos, figures such as Walter Reuther, Sidney Hillman and John L. Lewis. Unfortunately, serious health problems have ... Though today's teachers' union ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

How To Succeed In Business And Government Without Really Trying: Calvin ...

He rejected the protests of Samuel Gompers, head of the American Federation of Labor, with words that are now immortalized: “there is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anytime, anywhere.” The cops were fired and replaced by the ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Candidate can't escape campaign mailer comparing Brainard to dictators

Rod Blagojevich. Accetturo, already an underdog in the Republican primary, lost. And he never has apologized, critics note. The mailer has come up publicly twice this year. The New York Times mentioned it in an article this July detailing Carmel's ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

What is at stake in the 2014 gubernatorial races?

Rod] Blagojevich. He does not necessarily get along with traditional Democratic colleagues and state leaders. That said, he is very popular with the traditional base of progressive Democrats and African-Americans. [Republican candidate Bruce] Rauner is ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Our View: Attorney general: Close call for Madigan

Rod Blagojevich's shenanigans (though arguably his transgressions were so brazen that his own party couldn't stomach them). But in fact the Attorney General's Office has taken to the sidelines on multiple questionable activities of late, including the ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Obama votes early in Illinois during campaign stop in Chicago

Quinn became governor in 2009 when Rod Blagojevich was forced out of office. He won a full term in 2010 in one of the closest gubernatorial races in U.S. history. This year, he is locked in another tight race with Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Join the Trib Nation conversation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and editorial page editor Bruce Dold will discuss Chicago issues during a live public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 21 at the Art Institute. This event is part of the Tribune's commitment to public discussions that examine the ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Peoples Gas announce $1M for 'Share the Warmth ...

Mayor Emanuel and Peoples Gas are expected to announce $1 million in funding for "Share the Warmth," a financial assistance program that helps low-income families and seniors. When customers who qualify for "Share the Warmth" make a payment toward ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

City Council Conducting Hearings On Emanuel's Proposed 2015 Budget

CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago City Council has begun hearings into Mayor Emanuel's proposed 2015 budget, and aldermen are asking questions about the spending plans, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore. City Budget Director Alexandra Holt ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Yes or no? Voters will see five questions of public policy

The two proposed amendments to the Illinois Constitution would become law if approved by voters. To be approved, a constitutional amendment requires either a simple majority of voters in the election or three-fifths of those who cast votes on the ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Endorsements for Illinois Senate

Here's a prediction on which you can bet the house: Democrats will control the General Assembly after the Nov. 4 election. It's a mathematical certainty in the Senate. Democrats hold a 40-19 majority, and only seven seats are contested. If Republicans ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Candidates square off in Illinois House races

Bennett, in an election survey for the Commerical-News, described himself as a “strong advocate for rural residents in the General Assembly,” including Second Amendment rights in the state. Attempts to contact Nutter throughout much of October for ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Quinn brings in Clinton, Rauner counters with Christie

The parade of political celebrities visiting Illinois demonstrates what's at stake: Republicans see a way in after years of Democratic control, while Democrats are going all-out to prevent the potential embarrassment of losing the governor's mansion in ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

ComEd Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Training Facility in Bridgeport

The state-of-the-art training facility is part of a $2.6 billion investment brought about by the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act passed in 2012 by the Illinois General Assembly to modernize the Chicago region's electricity infrastructure. "It's ...


October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

A long, long way to go

This year Illinois' general funds will receive $4.5 billion from Washington, much of it for Medicaid. So-called state-source revenues will total $30.6 billion. Of that total — essentially the taxes you pay to Springfield — total pension costs will ...


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