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March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Rauner asks community to back right to work in 'voter empowerment agenda ...

“What he's really pushing is for local governments to break state and federal labor law and violate collective bargaining agreements. Just as his wrongful order attacking fair share provisions at the state level has been deemed illegal by the ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Chicago credit downgrade hangs over Emanuel's mayoral runoff race

But Emanuel's pension overhaul is being challenged in the courts by retirees and public labor unions, which contributed to Moody's also issuing the cautious outlook. "Regardless of outcome of the legal challenges to pension ... However, Laurence Msall ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense will not face an impartial jury in Marathon ...

Similarly, the first corruption trial of ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich resulted in a hung jury after a 67 year-old grandmother refused to change her vote. When interviewed after the trial, she said, “Some people in (the jury room) only saw black ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

What might have been: 5 big Illinois political mistakes of the last four decades

Would Rod Blagojevich still be a free man if not for downstate Democratic voters? Could Adlai Stevenson have won if his party had paid more attention to the down-ballot names in the 1986 Democratic primary? How could the same party let the same thing ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Chicago mayoral candidates sound off on transit priorities

On retaining Forrest Claypool as CTA president: Emanuel would retain Claypool as president because Claypool has consistently delivered projects on schedule and within budget and he's focused on improving the ridership experience, Spielfogel said.


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Construction Of CTA's Loop Link Bus Express Lanes To Start March 16

“The Loop Link will provide faster, more reliable bus service to one of the most congested corridors throughout our entire bus network, serving thousands of customers each day,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “Improving the customer experience ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Black Voters Hold Key to Rahm Emanuel Chicago Reelection

Chicago — Winning more support from Chicago's black community, which makes up about one third of the electorate, will be essential if Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to cause one of the biggest political upsets of recent years by defeating incumbent Rahm ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Rahm Emanuel loss could bring Obama library to Columbia

A loss for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel could spell a win for Columbia University in its bid for President Obama's library, sources say. Emanuel is in a neck-and-neck run-off election against challenger Jesus (Chuy) Garcia, a member of the Cook County ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Novara: As Chicago votes, the city's racial segregation problem must receive ...

A renewed focus has been cast on the future of the city of Chicago with a mayoral runoff election set for April 7. One of the most important issues facing the city, says Marisa Novara of the Metropolitan Planning Council, is how to address the city's ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

The next mayor faces an incredible, shrinking Chicago

Four years ago, I was surprised by how early in the evening on election night President Barack Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel won the mayoral race in Chicago, a city whose elections are historically famous for long counts. ( Clarence Page ).


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Create an 'aerotropolis' for Southland

But Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley didn't want the city to lose control over its monopoly at O'Hare and Midway airports. And American and United airlines, which had a virtual monopoly on gates at O'Hare, made it clear that they didn't want to see the ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Black vote may prove key in Chicago mayoral elections

The race is emblematic of Chicago's increased political plurality following the retirement of the 22-year dynasty of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. Mayor Daley was widely credited with bridging racial ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Attorney General Announces Top 10 Consumer Complaints

According to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, identity theft is a growing concern for Illinois families. She has unveiled a legislative initiative proposing to strengthen the state's data breach notification law, the Personal Information Protection Act ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Attorney General Lisa Madigan Unveils New Plan to Beef Up Illinois Data ...

Attorney General Lisa Madigan unveiled a new plan to beef up Illinois' data breach law, after 67 million personal records were hit last year. Consumers here are already protected by a state law requiring companies to notify customers of a data breach ...


March 03, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn earning $11396 monthly pension

The Chicago Democrat also served as state treasurer and lieutenant governor and worked for Gov. Dan Walker in the 1970s. Quinn and other pension recipients could see their benefits reduced if the Illinois Supreme Court upholds a pension reform law ...


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