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October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Hong Kong chief says voting beats watching TV

... general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, the organizer of the university class boycotts that led to the street protests, said the students were considering options if their demands were not met, including widening the protests, pushing for ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Reeder: State government unaware of education spending

When Pat Quinn replaced Rod Blagojevich as governor, he promised an honest, transparent and accessible administration. And yet, his underlings are mum about how much money the state is spending on a particular program. I have been asking that ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Who Will — And Who Should — Replace Eric Holder As Attorney General?

He's neither a Republican nor a Democrat, and he has prosecuted political figures on both sides of the aisle — Democrats like Rod Blagojevich and Republicans like George Ryan and Lewis “Scooter” Libby. When President Obama took office, he actually ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner calls for restructuring of the tax code

“Quinn's just part of that same old culture of corruption and self dealing,” Rauner said, adding “Quinn, (former Gov. Rod) Blagojevich, (House Speaker Mike) Madigan, (Senate President John) Cullerton … those four are cut from the same cloth. They've ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Black Voters' Disenchantment Could Mean Trouble For Chicago Mayor Rahm ...

CHICAGO, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Rahm Emanuel won election as mayor of Chicago three years ago in part because of his strength in the African-American community, but enough black voters have since soured on him that a black labor leader is emerging as a ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel taxi proposal: No fare hike, centralized dispatch

Chicago cabbies won't get a fare hike but stand to get a centralized dispatching system to help taxi companies compete with ride-sharing services under a plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled today. The idea is ... The proposed ordinance, which will be ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Cabbies, City Agree To Reforms; Centralized Dispatch, But No Fare Hike

CHICAGO (CBS) – With the city of Chicago allowing so-called ride-sharing companies to operate under fewer restrictions than traditional taxi companies, the Emanuel administration and cab drivers have reached an unprecedented agreement on reforms to ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Clinton lawyer pleads guilty to drug charges

The plea deal that resulted in dismissal of the other eight counts was reached after a meeting Tuesday between Junkert, her attorneys and two lawyers with the Illinois attorney general's office. Junkert pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver a ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Attorney General offers consumer protection tips in La Grange

Consumers need to be increasingly vigilant about guarding their personal information, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told a group in La Grange. “In some ways it's nothing new, but it's timely. Every week we are alerted to a new data breach ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Students, teachers at St. William School rally for state money

“This spring, the Illinois General Assembly will begin arguments and vote on School Choice options for Illinois. School Choice is part of a growing trend nationwide and would improve Illinois' educational choices for students and enable parents to find ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Meeting the Challenge of Senate Bill 16

Our local school districts face a serious threat from Illinois Senate Bill 16, which would slash an estimated $480 million in state aid from 474 school districts, including those in Downers Grove, Naperville and Lisle. Preliminary estimates suggest ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Lawmakers Proceed With Hearing on Quinn's Scandal-Drenched Anti ...

Back to the NRI debacle: U.S. Attorney James Lewis, who's based in central Illinois, had previously barred the General Assembly's Legislative Audit Commission from calling hearings into the matter so as to not conflict with his federal grand jury ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner Campaign Trail Hits Southern Illinois

"No tax bill should come to the floor until after I can move in as Governor and we can get a new general assembly," explained Rauner. "We got to push hard to make sure that Pat Quinn and Mike Madigan don't jam through a tax hike." Rauner also touched ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Victims rights amendment on ballot

One of the main issues, according to the Illinois State's Attorney's office, is that victims of crime don't have a means to enforce their rights. The constitutional amendment passed through the general assembly with near unanimous approval earlier this ...


October 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Obama Expected To Attend Quinn Fundraiser Wednesday

CHICAGO (CBS) – President Barack Obama was expected to fly home to Chicago on Wednesday, to help boost Gov. Pat Quinn's bid for re-election. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Obama's popularity might be wavering nationally, ...


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