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April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Down-ballot fundraising shows big gaps

Simon, formerly a professor at Southern Illinois University, has won support from teachers' unions and labor groups. Last month, she received $10,500 from the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504 and $20,000 from the Chicago Regional Council of ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

US Chamber says non-union groups could reshape labor relations

The AFL-CIO, the largest federation of U.S. labor unions, has since 2006 allowed worker centers to become formal affiliates. In 2011, the National Taxi Workers' Alliance, one of the first workers to affiliate, became an official AFL-CIO member ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Former TIF chief: Pay pension costs with TIF-expiration money

Current city Budget Director Alex Holt doesn't like the idea. She dubs it "a pension obligation bond," referring to a failed financial move made by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But other former city financial officials I spoke with privately are more ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Chicago Aldermen Offer Alternative Revenue Ideas For Pension Fix

Some Chicago aldermen have put forward a list of alternative proposals to help bring in revenue needed to help the city address its pension crisis. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants aldermen, who are up for re-election next year, to approve a $250 ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Tavern shutdown racially motivated, owner says

"This is standard procedure, but for some reason the city of Chicago does not want to engage in standard procedure regarding this particular location," said attorney Francis Ostian. "They do not want an African American to own and operate a restaurant ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Running Without Fear, an Insurgent Challenges Chicago's Mayor

Enyia is a 30-year-old community organizer, lawyer and former worker in the administration of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. She is taking on Emanuel, saying that the mayor has little to no concept of the challenges of everyday Chicagoans and that ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Scholastic aptitude no more - White House pushes jobs training today ...

... the all-new exam debuts in 2016. The College Board today releases more detail on the new exam, including sample questions: ... DeVry Education Group will help. DeVry Group institutions provide programs for many of today's ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Important dates from The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

By: Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) | Submitted. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) would like to make you aware of the following information, which may be of interest to students and their parents. Unless otherwise noted ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Illinois legislature urged to pass retirement bill

Illinois State Sen. Daniel Biss, a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Evanston, says he is thrilled that his colleagues voted to create a retirement savings plan for private sector workers. The Illinois Senate approved the bill, the Illinois Secure ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Turnaround for struggling schools worth the upheaval

The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday will decide whether to apply a radical treatment to three struggling schools. If approved, everything will change for students at the schools in North Lawndale, South Austin and Gresham. Under a “turnaround,” ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Maria Wynne to head Leadership Greater Chicago

Fellows to the program over the years have included first lady Michelle Obama, ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore and president of Chicago Board of Education David Vitale, who last month talked about one leader who didn't make the list. Follow Shia on ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Professor charged with sexual assault of former student

Authorities charged that the sexual assault by Max Gulias II, 45, an associate English professor at the City Colleges of Chicago school, took place last month at his apartment in Chicago's University Village neighborhood. Gulias had last taught the 28 ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Planning For Flood Park Ridge Projects

They continue to be in touch with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which has planned 2015 sewer line construction along Dempster Street. Initial contacts were made in time for the spring deadlines, so the district could plan to include ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Opponents of Flooding Prevention Plan Fear Contamination

The primary regulatory agencies that must approve the project include the Illinois EPA, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the US Army Corp of Engineers. “We want to make sure that ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Two Cook County Employees Get Prison For Bribery Scheme

Brothers Thomas Hawkins, 50, and John Racasi, 53, snagged a $1,500 bribe to use their jobs at the Cook County Board of Review to lower the taxes on three homes in 2008. U.S. District Judge John Tharp told them they were “greedy” and “savvy” schemers ...

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