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November 24, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Tom Kacich: How Frerichs won

1, 2013 to Election Day, and organized labor provided much of it. He received $105,200 from AFSCME, $99,868 from the Illinois Federation of Teachers, $88,100 from the Illinois Education Association, $65,600 from the Illinois Laborers Legislative ...


November 24, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Principal: It's time for more educators to speak up about the cost of 'reform'

The following is part of an interview that LaRaviere did with freelance journalist and public education advocate Jennifer Berkshire, who worked for six years editing a newspaper for the American Federation of Teachers in Massachusetts and who authors ...


November 24, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Gov. Quinn could collect healthy pension on way out the door

Beaten by Republican Bruce Rauner in this month's general election, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn soon will be leaving public office. But he still might collect a public-sector paycheck. Quinn has not said if and when he'll be cashing in on a public-sector ...


November 24, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Coalition pushing advisory vote for elected CPS board

Voters could soon get to say if they think Chicago Public Schools should have an elected school board — a potential rebuke to nearly 20 years of mayoral control of the city's school system. A coalition of progressive groups and organized labor said ...


November 24, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

After aid papers are forged, city colleges repay $4 million

The dead have voted in Chicago. Now, they've also signed papers swearing their kids were eligible for financial aid to attend one of the City Colleges of Chicago, documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. A dispute over whether students at ...


November 24, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Flood-prone homes in Glenview may be demolished

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), which levies taxes to address water quality and flooding issues, will contribute an estimated $5.8 million toward the cost of purchasing the homes. The FEMA grant will cover the rest.


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

If Labor stayed home, then members reaped what they sowed

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, as a speaker on a labor panel at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, said that union members and nonunion “working people” typically make up 20-22 percent of the electorate. He estimated that this ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Rauner tackles full transition agenda

The Winnetka Republican will replace Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Jan. 12, marking the first time the state has seen a transition from a governor of one party to another since 2003, when Democrat Rod Blagojevich took over for Republican George Ryan.


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel's silent partner in mayoral campaign: Mike Madigan

After staying neutral in the last race for Chicago mayor, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has provided major support to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of election records shows. Dozens of soldiers in ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

City Zoning Panel Approves Six Chicago Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The state will grant only 13 dispensary licenses in the city of Chicago. Previously, the Chicago City Council opted not to vote on a measure that would toughen already stringent security rules due to concerns about their legality. Three dispensaries in ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Teens address top city issues at annual speech competition

Most Chicago Public Schools students won't be eligible to vote in February's mayoral election, but a group of them offered cleareyed responses when asked what they'd tackle first if they held City Hall's highest office. Most Chicago Public Schools ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Attorney general warns of immigration scams

CHICAGO – The Illinois attorney general's office warns that with President Obama's sweeping immigration changes comes the possibility of immigration service fraud. Prosecutors say immigration services applicants could be targeted by scammers posing as ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Illinois' Rauner tackles full transition agenda

... cronyism, and even sending Illinois into a "death spiral." The venture capitalist said he's been trying to meet with or call every member of the General Assembly, where he'll need support from Democrats who control both chambers to accomplish anything.


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Chicago Public Schools students react to Obama's immigration executive order ...

Yesterday, I gave students the opportunity to understand and react to President Obama's speech about his immigration executive order. The approach I used in class with my Chicago Public Schools juniors and seniors can be easily adapted when discussing ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

How Obamacare Lowers Your Property Taxes

“For the first time in the history of our health care system, we have more insured patients than uninsured,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in her annual budget address last month. “Health care system (executives have) balanced their ...


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