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July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

CTA crimes down amid overall ridership decline

"There are a number of factors that can affect crime levels, but regardless of how you look at the numbers, it's clear that progress is being made," CTA President Forrest Claypool said in a release. Still, fewer people are riding the CTA than last year.

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Proposal to rename plaza after ex-Mayor Jane Byrne advances

“It has been a long overdue failure to honor one of Chicago's most significant figures,” said Ald. Ed Burke (14th), the committee chairman who joined this column in leading the charge to honor Jane Byrne. “It's bringing tears to my eyes,” said Ald ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

City plans for strict limits on medical pot sites go up in smoke

The ordinance approved by the committee Tuesday is a big change from what Ald. Ed Burke (14th) had originally proposed — to confine dispensaries and marijuana growers to manufacturing districts near the airports and the Lake Calumet area because it ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Aldermen setting cannabis dispensary regulations

It limits the total number in Chicago to 13 and requires them to be geographically spread across the city, with no more than two per township. Those who want to open a dispensary would have to get a special use permit, which requires approval of the ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Aldermen Vote To Name Water Tower Plaza After Jane Byrne

CHICAGO (CBS) – Aldermen have recommended the plaza next to the Old Chicago Water Tower be named in honor of former Mayor Jane Byrne, the first such honor the city would give to its first and only female mayor more than 30 years after she left office.

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago aldermen endorse higher phone fees

Everyone with a phone billed to a Chicago address would be hit with a 911 fee increase by Oct. 1 under a measure the City Council Finance Committee endorsed Tuesday. With a solid majority of the 50 aldermen signed on — and Mayor Rahm Emanuel ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Student Loan Repayment Scams: How To Avoid Being Ripped Off

Washington D.C. -- Millions of Americans are struggling to pay off their student loans and desperate to find a way to lower those monthly payments. Scammers know this, so they've created phony student loan “debt relief” companies that promise to help ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

McGehee asks Attorney General to look into county corruption allegations

The Illinois Attorney General's Office is being asked to take over an investigation into allegations of corruption in Rock Island County. States Attorney John McGehee said Tuesday that he will ask Lisa Madigan's office to look into claims first raised ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

New Quinn ad sparks Dem criticism

However, these same people are challenging other Illinois citizens constitutional rights apparently because they think others shouldn't have that protection. Funny thing, that constitution. This ad brings back to mind the reason why those affected by ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

CAPITAL FACTS: Treasurer candidate in tight spot

... co-sponsored a bill to encourage more purchases of the Israeli bonds, and attached a quote from several Jewish state legislators claiming that he was "among the most outspoken and vocal advocates for the State of Israel in the Illinois General ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Roberts appointment questioned

Roberts' ties to legislators cast a shadow over that. Roberts said he wouldn't have taken the job if he thought there were conflicts. We're not sure the average Illinois citizen will see it that way. The General Assembly is expected next year to select ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

IL Businesses Impacted by New Regulations

First, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB8, an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act. This amendment specifies an employer must provide reasonable accommodation to an employee based on conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Millionaire tax to be on Nov. ballot in Illinois

The speaker, who is chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, later pared it back to a non-binding referendum. Depending on how the initiative fares on Nov. 4, the General Assembly could vote to put a full-fledged constitutional amendment on the ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

*** UPDATED x2 *** Quinn campaign goes up with first TV ad of the season

here's the prob. better than 70% of the voters believe il moving in the wrong direction. he's pushing an ad that says we are moving in the right direction. ..... New Illinois General Assembly watchdog has ties to Michael Madigan, other lawmakers ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn: Reboot Illinois poll with huge Bruce Rauner lead 'phony-baloney'

Governor Pat Quinn was not amused by the Reboot Illinois poll results and challenged the results. "I think Representative Eric Cantor in Virginia learned about relying too much on 'phony-baloney' polls supported by political types," Quinn said ...

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