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January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Jim Sacia: Politics at its best and worst

During the Rod Blagojevich administration, agencies in some districts that relied on state funding often had that funding significantly delayed. It was often a crisis to those agencies as they attempted to deal with their financial obligations. They ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rauner picks political backer as new gaming chairman

Rod Blagojevich following a tumultuous period of the Gaming Board. Jaffe oversaw the final issuance of the highly disputed 10th riverboat license that had become dormant, as well as the rollout of video gambling throughout Illinois. Jaffe was critical ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

NIU Press shares untold story from Rob Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich and brother Robert were indicted on federal corruption charges in 2009. The most dramatic charge was accusing them of attempting to sell Barack Obama's former senate seat to the highest bidder in 2008. Rod was convicted and is serving a ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Coming soon: Full subway cellphone service

“It's an incentive to use the system,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “The businessperson coming into O'Hare and our customers in general use the train as a second office. Everybody will reap the benefits.” A major benefit to the city will come ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel red light problems continue

Rahm Emanuel red light problems have been uncovered again, including three times in January 2015 alone, according to ABC7Chicago. This after being caught by the same news station twice before. I guess you gotta give the mayor points for stubbornness.

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago prohibition-style: a city still married to the mob

And despite many attempts – most famously and bitterly by former mayor Richard M Daley – for the city to dissociate itself from the prohibition era, it remains a fascinating period in US history. I've never agreed with Daley's view. Capone was a man ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Willie Wilson is more than his words

I worked my way up to a $60 million company today — an international company. We had to cut budget and find ways of saving costs,” he said. Unfortunately, Wilson is mocked by parts of the black community because, like the former mayor, Richard M ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Ex-CPD cop accused of not paying workers

The Department of Labor and the Illinois Attorney's General Office said between both agencies, there are 76 complaints from employees who said they're owed wages from at least eight different company names. Those names are all connected to Parr, ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan's 'Friends and Family' $1 Million Patronage ...

Confronted with our Freedom of Information Act requests and hard questions from the Washington Times, the top cop in Illinois tries to justify a $1 million patronage pay spike problem. She admits that a “supervising” attorney was allowed to move two ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Strip Club Owner Ranked High on Pat Quinn's List for Medical Marijuana Business

While Democrat Quinn, who has since left office, ultimately ended up punting the task to his successor, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, the documents offer an inside look at the state division's scoring system. And if Rauner ends up approving licenses ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

State threatens to withhold funds from schools that skip Common Core test

"Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett have received the letter from the Illinois State Board of Education and are evaluating and discussing the impacts on the district," a district ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

State threatens sanctions if CPS defies standardized testing

Chicago Public Schools face harsh sanctions, including immediate loss of funding, if it follows through on plans to defy the state on standardized testing, Illinois State Board of Education officials said Friday. In a letter to all school districts ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Water wars not a movie sequel but a growing reality in the West

Last year, The Economist reported that because of declining flows in 2013 "the Federal Bureau of Reclamation (FBR), which oversees its use, cut the release of water from Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border to Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir ...

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Aldermanic Candidate Gets Industrial-Strength Endorsement

Sullivan is running against Patrick Daley Thompson, commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and a member of the sprawling Daley clan whose ancestral home is Bridgeport. Another family member is the 11th Ward committeeman: John P.

January 31, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Elective baby deliveries to end at Cook County hospital

... the hospital delivered an average of 9.5 babies per year, only about 20 percent of all deliveries by Cook County women. But Wharton and other residents campaigned to keep elective obstetrics in their community hospital. About 60 people attended a ...

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