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November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October

On top of an improving labor market, the adverse impact of earlier government spending cuts and tax hikes will ease following five straight years of sub-par growth. The Federal Reserve last month recognized signs of the improving economy, but its ...

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Quinn pardons 126, including 1 of Dixmoor Five

Quinn also denied 185 clemency petitions as he continues to go through a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the tenure of his predecessor, imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Lawyer in $40 million Dixmoor 5 case: False ...

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Blagojevich still awaiting appeal decision

Blagojevich still awaiting appeal decision. Blagojevich still awaiting appeal decision. It's been nearly a year since lawyers for imprisoned former Governor Rod Blagojevich made their arguments before the Federal Appeals Court in Chicago. Embed.

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Let's give thanks for aldermanic elections

The 13th and 14th are under the iron grip of house speaker Michael Madigan and alderman Ed Burke, so presumably all the potential challengers have either been bought off or frightened away. The 42nd Ward is represented by alderman Brendan Reilly, ...

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

100 Black Men of Chicago Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

It is imperative that the City of Chicago joins us to provide mentoring and other educational supports to the next generation of our youth. We can all do more to advocate for justice and violence prevention in Chicago, as this issue continues to impact ...

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Release Koschman grand jury records

For years, law officers covered up the circumstances surrounding David Koschman's death in 2004 because, it is clear, the man who fatally punched him was then-Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew. Chicagoans deserve to know how that happened and how ...

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois attorney general files notice of appeal in pension case

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz last week ruled that the year-old pension reform law passed by the General Assembly was unconstitutional. Belz rejected arguments that Illinois has special police powers it can invoke in cases of emergency, such ...

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

As Illinois pension problems worsen, here's what legislators will take home

1, 2011, are eligible for free health insurance for their rest of their lives if they served at least four years in the General Assembly. Lawmakers can begin receiving their pensions at age 55 once they are fully vested. To be vested in the system, a ...

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

You Paid For It: Are Illinois Legislators Overpaid?

The Illinois General Assembly is the fifth highest-paid state legislature when comparing base salaries. California, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan all have higher base salaries for their legislators according to the National Conference of State ...

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Nearly 2M travelers to pass through O'Hare, Midway airports over Thanksgiving ...

The Chicago Department of Aviation says traffic is forecast to increase the most at Midway International Airport. Airlines there expect to see 3 percent more passengers than a year ago for a total of more than 530,000. O'Hare International Airport is ...

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

MPEA Advancing Hotel and Arena Plans

The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority signed off a $564 million contract to design and build a new convention center hotel and events center that will house an arena for DePaul University's Blue Demons basketball team.

November 27, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

News 18 Investigates: The discussion about race

Leaders say it's become a term with racial undertones, and the terminology needs to be challenged. At the turn of the millennium, the Chicago Housing Authority began demolishing the Cabrini-Green Public Housing Complex. By the time of the demolition ...

November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

U.S. consumer confidence drops unexpectedly in November

WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence unexpectedly declined in November to a five-month low as Americans became less upbeat about the economy and labor market. The Conference Board's index fell to 88.7 this month from an October reading of 94.1 ...

November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

President Obama on immigration: How we got here and what's next?

... so under his successor, Richard Trumka, the AFL-CIO, the Change to Win Federation, and numerous individual unions, including the independent United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union (UE), all played stronger roles, including mass ...

November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Ohio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving - an effort that comes as Macy's, the holiday's quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work ...

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