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May 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

No end in sight for Rauner, Illinois lawmakers

Both Pat Quinn and Rod Blagojevich — Chicago Democrats like Madigan — found themselves in summertime staring contests with the speaker that left state vendors, employees and people who use state services in limbo for weeks and months. Rauner ...

May 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Andy Shaw: Where's the 'care' in city's animal care program?

And when the van was moved to a nearby city lot the next day, she was still locked in. Missy languished for five or six days with little or no food or water before being discovered. Fortunately she's recovering, but where's the “care” and “control” in ...

May 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Kenney advised to start forming his mayoral administration

"I'm tending, when the time comes, to reach out to him and see if he can serve in some capacity. "Ed Neilson is the same way. I think they are good people. They've done a good job." If the path former mayors have taken is ... After winning the ...

May 25, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Amendment to hate crimes law clears General Assembly

The Illinois State Senate, on May 20, unanimously passed an amendment to the state's hate crimes statutes that advocates say—if the legislation is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner—will help protect LGBT institutions from vandalism as well as ensure that ...

May 25, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

School District 115 calls for special board of education meeting to hire new ...

The Lake Forest community is in apparent turmoil over scheduled fast-track approval of a suburban Chicago, African American administrator, with an alleged trail of erased social media views purporting that tracking of school curricula is elitist and ...

May 25, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

CPS forgot 22 schools in estimate for Aramark at a cost of $7 million

CPS spokesman Bill McCaffrey said the district would have spent the $7 million anyway once all the space was counted. He conceded that Aramark and other companies may have submitted different bids if they had known about all 54 million square feet ...

May 25, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Chicago Park District beaches open for the season

... Chicago Park District's beaches are finally open for fun. This summer marks the second year that Tommy Bahama and the Chicago Park District have partnered to create a clean, fun and safe environment for locals and visitors to enjoy Chicago's beaches.

May 25, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

CTA Yellow Line to remain closed for several weeks, repairs underway

Over the next two weeks, crews will be measuring the stability of the site, and moving construction materials into place, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District spokeswoman Allison Fore said Friday. After that, crews will have a timeline for final ...

May 25, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Sewer system overload in Chicago

When rainfall overwhelms the city's sewer system and water treatment plants it flows into the river. To keep the river from overflowing onto city streets, officials from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District are forced to open the locks from the ...

May 25, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Improving justice in Cook County

Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart clashed repeatedly over who was responsible for overcrowding at Cook County Jail. Dart blamed judges. Evans blamed Dart. Preckwinkle ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Long legislative summer forecasted

Pat Quinn and Rod Blagojevich, Chicago Democrats like Madigan, found themselves in summertime staring contests with the speaker that left state vendors, employees and people who use state services in limbo for weeks and months. Rauner made it clear ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

State may need power to impeach

Rod Blagojevich talks to the media outside of his home after arriving home from Springfield where the Illinois Senate voted to remove him from office. Now just days away from the deadline to indict the ousted governor, federal prosecutors in Chicago ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicks off 'Summer of Faith and Action'

CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined residents, community, faith and business leaders to kick off the 'Summer of Faith and Action' on Friday night. “While we may be a city of different neighborhoods, when it comes to keeping our kids safe, we are one ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Author Q&A: Marja Mills

The novel also happened to be Mayor Richard M. Daley's favorite book. So it was in that context that my editor at the Chicago Tribune stopped at my desk one day in 2001 and asked, "Want to take a trip?" I wrote a letter to Alice Lee, Harper Lee's older ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

THE WATCHDOGS: City Hall's $62 million blunder

That's when aides to former Mayor Richard M. Daley mistakenly approved a parking garage in the new Aqua building at 225 N. Columbus Dr. Under the 2006 privatization deal, the Daley administration received $563 million to lease the parking garages for ...

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