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July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

A 'perfect' way to honor the legacy of Jane Byrne

Not only have Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Council Finance chairman Ald. Ed Burke (14th) and a huge lineup of aldermen signed on to the project, but Byrne's daughter, Kathy Byrne, who is determined to have it happen while her ailing 81-year-old mother is ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Council panel ratifies $80 million firefighters contract

Chicago firefighters will get $32 million in back pay within 75 days—and the city will get a dramatic upgrade in ambulance care — under a five-year contract advanced Tuesday that opens the door to even higher pay raises. The agreement ratified by the ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Council closer to complying with do-not-hire list

Chicago aldermen today moved closer to agreeing not to hire workers who had been fired by the city for misconduct or left City Hall while facing allegations later deemed credible. The Committee on Workforce Development and Audit recommended making ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago aldermen advance new firefighter contract

In past years, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police contract has been negotiated first, setting a model for firefighters union negotiations, but this time it's reversed. Talks with the FOP are still underway and could be concluded in the fall, said ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago's race to outbuild the rain

On the low plains where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan sits the city of Chicago. The lake is the city's source of fresh water; the river is where it dumps its (usually treated) sewage. With heavy rain, though, that distinction sometimes gets ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Daley pal gets lucrative development deal — despite unpaid taxes

Nine months ago, Jack Higgins — a longtime friend of former Mayor Richard M. Daley — had to walk away from his winning bid to develop nine-acres of government land on the West Side because he didn't disclose his federal tax liens totaling nearly $2.8 ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Group Pushes to Get Illinois Students To and Through College

The conference is part of a college access movement initiated by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, in part to help the state achieve its goal of increasing the proportion of adults in Illinois with high quality postsecondary credentials or ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Concealed carry objections addressed

The denied applicant can then request a hearing with the review board and local law enforcement. The board is required to report to the General Assembly and Gov. Pat Quinn the number of objections it has received and affirmed, along with if the ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Rauner speaks out against limits on ride-sharing industry

The Illinois House has sent Bill 4075 to the governor, according to the Web site of the Illinois General Assembly. Quinn's office didn't provide an immediate comment early Tuesday afternoon on whether Quinn would sign the bill. Rauner said regulations ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Quinn aide: Court rulings don't jeopardize federal health-care subsidies

Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said a lack of consensus on the matter in the Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly has prevented a state exchange from moving forward. He said he doesn't know whether ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Watchdog group shreds Chicago public schools' 'gimmick-based' budget

District officials have blamed the Illinois General Assembly for failing to increase state school aid and failing to pass worker pension reform. But the federation noted that it was CPS that failed to make required pension contributions for a decade ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

New Laws in Illinois You Don't Want to Miss

On January 1, many new Illinois laws went into effect, including prohibiting cellphone use while driving and a speed limit increase on some Illinois highways. Since then, the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly brought another batch of new ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Obamacare dealt blow in D.C. court, effect on Illinois questionable

Feyman said that if the Supreme Court does agree with the appeals court's decision, Illinois will likely try to pass legislation to set up a federal exchange. Similar legislation was proposed and rejected in the Illinois General Assembly in the spring ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn signs $1B plan for road repairs ...

Pat Quinn signed an approximately $1 billion capital spending plan on Tuesday intended to create jobs and help repair and improve Illinois roads and bridges after a harsh winter. Quinn approved the bipartisan legislation that also will provide ...

July 23, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Groups blast CPS budget as 'shortsighted,' based on gimmicks

On the eve of the approval of Chicago Public Schools' $5.76 billion budget for 2015, two advocacy groups on Tuesday blasted the budget in their own analyses as unsustainable, shortsighted and based on a gimmick. Both the Civic Federation, which ...

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