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April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Fair trade “fashionistas” mark Bangladesh disaster with action

The New York Times reported last year that the federal government spent more than $1.5 billion on clothing made in factories that had violated local labor laws, including in Bangladesh. Violations included "padlocked fire exits, buildings at risk of ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Northwestern University football players to vote on Friday on union

The AFL-CIO is the largest U.S. labor federation, with more than 50 member unions representing 12.5 million workers. Colter said earlier this month that he is "very confident" that Northwestern's football team would vote to join CAPA. (Reporting by ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Defeat for Union Challenge to Wisc. Labor Law

In 2013, the Chicago-based 7th Circuit tossed a separate constitutional challenge filed on behalf of the state teachers' union. Wisconsin courts have also rejected several efforts to void the law. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago Talks Pension Reform While Waiting for Governor

The Chicago Federation of Labor put together a pension working group and Scott said: "We negotiated with them….we listened to them…labor was a partner here." Several unions openly supported the package of reforms, while most took a neutral stance.

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Reeder: Patronage still a problem in Illinois

He'd just been hired on by Rod Blagojevich to work in his administration. He rather unapologetically told me he was going to head up patronage for the governor. And to a large extent, in Illinois, if you want to get hired or advance in your government ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Former government mole facing fraud charges rips prosecutors

Rod Blagojevich. His cooperation helped lead to the conviction of former Chicago Ald. Isaac Carothers on charges he backed zoning changes for a controversial project in return for free work done on his home by politically connected developer Calvin ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Quinn taken to court over patronage hiring at IDOT

The attorney points to an investigation by the Better Government Association, a watchdog group that found Quinn has continued practices first put in place by impeached ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich that it says improperly classified non-political positions ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago advances plan for earlier Sunday liquor sales

April 23, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A Chicago City Council committee has advanced a plan to let liquor sales begin at 8 a.m. on Sundays instead of 11 a.m., as is the current rule. This plan applies only to liquor sold in major grocery stores, not large ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

City council poised to raise fines for registering cars in burbs

A City Council committee agreed Wednesday to crack the whip on motorists and companies that register their vehicles in the suburbs to avoid paying Chicago's higher city sticker fees and insurance rates. The proposed ordinance championed by City Clerk ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago headed toward partial plastic bag ban

The adjustment for folks like Watson would be worthwhile, promise supporters on the City Council, where the plastic bag ban will come up for an initial discussion Thursday. The push, seven years in the making, has the backing of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Aldermen back crackdown on valet parking

Unscrupulous and unlicensed Chicago valet parking operators could be quickly put out of business or hit with heavy fines under a measure a City Council committee endorsed today. Unlicensed operators would be hit with fines ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago aldermen back 8 am grocery store liquor sales

Large grocery stores in Chicago would be able to start ringing up beer, wine and liquor sales three hours earlier on Sundays under a plan aldermen advanced today, a plan billed as a way to help city grocers compete with suburban alcohol retailers. Ald ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

River Forest man on trial for threatening letters to pols, oil execs

But a lawyer for Ron Haddad of River Forest say there's no evidence he mailed the threats to figures including former Mayor Richard M. Daley and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, describing similarities between the anonymous threat letters and Haddad's ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Golden Gloves spending scrutinized

The Illinois attorney general's office is looking into circumstances involving alleged personal use of charitable funds by a former treasurer of the Chicago Golden Gloves, a spokeswoman told the Tribune on Wednesday. The spokeswoman said the office has ...

April 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn Dodges Emanuel Question on "Morning Joe"

As for campaign to keep his post in Springfield, Quinn said he thinks things are going "pretty well." He added: "There's a lot of work to do there but I think our state has turned the corner. When I become governor, we had one former governor in jail ...

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