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August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Pa. Lottery outsourcing critics say Illinois' failed privatization could have ...

The news of Illinois' decision to divorce Northstar Lottery Group announced on Friday struck a chord with a Pennsylvania labor union official and others who had been critical of a similar pursuit by Gov. Tom Corbett to hand over the ... "I couldn't be ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Pullman a national park? This could be big

5, 2013. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune) ... No park in the country captures the rise of organized labor and the black middle class quite like Pullman, where black rail car workers formed the first union to be included under the American Federation ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Rod Blagojevich bribery trial restored in Illinois

Rod Blagojevich bribery trial restored in Illinois The name of disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, currently serving a 14-year prison sentence following conviction on 18 corruption charges, popped up in the news again last week when it was ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Chicago: Drop in Crime as Concealed Carry Applications Surge

Last year, it was brought to the attention of Chicago Alderman Edward Burke that the legislation even barred city museums from displaying unloaded guns. But because of its strict gun laws, Chicago continued to be plagued by homicides and gun violence.

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Lawyer disbarred for 3 decades in Greylord scandal wants law license back

... for the City Council's Finance Committee, chaired — then, as now — by 14th Ward Ald. Edward Burke. Mr. Gonzales' son Eric partnered with Mr. Burke in a $4.6 million Southwest Side residential development in the mid-2000s. Mr. Burke and his wife ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Why Rahm Emanuel and his brother, Ari, will make a billion dollars on Uber

“He [Ari] would benefit before there was regulation. Now we're putting regulations in to make sure there's a level playing field and not advantaged against regulated industry. Just the opposite. Let me say this about Ari: He doesn't need his older ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

City Council's inspector general questions Emanuel's commitment to ethics reform

Emanuel responded to the controversy by saying the City Council is now deciding “which inspector general” should be empowered to investigate aldermen, but one thing is certain: there will be “no going back” to the days when nobody was watching them.

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Inspector General wants to crack down on law-breaking Aldermen

The man in charge of investigating Chicago's City Council said he's tired of being a toothless tiger. Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to boost funding for his office and give him the power to crack down on ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Watchdog takes shot at Emanuel over funding

Emanuel inherited a budget mess from former Mayor Richard M. Daley and city finances continue to struggle. It initially had been recommended that the city inspector general's authority be extended to the council, but aldermen balked at that and created ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Quinn nixes Uber bill, says it would be a disservice to consumers

Mara Georges, former Mayor Richard M. Daley's corporation counsel, is the spokesperson. Senior advisers are Daley's political enforcer Victor Reyes, the former Hispanic Democratic Organization chieftain, and Mike Noonan, a former political operative ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Sneed: Quinn to rename Circle Interchange in honor of Jane Byrne

Richard M. Daley , will begin circulating this week. “It's not surprising that Thompson, who won a recent election for Water Reclamation District commissioner, would toss his hat in the ring,” a labor union source said. “It's just the next generation ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Sneed scoop: Daley nephew (and grandson) to run for City Council

Sneed is also told nominating petitions for Thompson, the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, will begin circulating this week. “It's not surprising that Thompson, who won a recent election for Water Reclamation District commissioner, would toss ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Senator Durbin Supports Helping Illinois Veterans Take Full Advantage Of Their ...

The waiver request, submitted by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, Illinois Department of Military Affairs, and Illinois Student Assistance Commission, would help veteran students in Illinois use the benefits they have earned to pay for ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Guest essay: Mental health funding can't wait

Illinois wrongly cut its mental heath care budget by $187 million from 2009-2012 alone. Despite the tireless work of mental health advocates throughout our communities, the General Assembly has treated mental health care as an afterthought that can be ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Quinn vetoes 'Uber Bill,' some cry for override

Sandoval said he will push to have HB 4075/5331 on the General Assembly's override calendar in November. The Illinois House passed the measure 80-26 in June, and would require only 71 votes for an override. The Senate passed the measure 46-8, and ...

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