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October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Philadelphia unions use teachers' rally to promote Democrats

Ten days after the bipartisan School Reform Commission (SRC) unilaterally revoked the labor agreement covering 15,000 Philadelphia teachers and other school employees, city unions called a protest rally outside of the School District of Philadelphia ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Tom Perez on the economy Dems, unions put GOP on education defensive

“Just as we need the Fed to set the price of capital, we need an institution like trade unions to help set the price of labor,” Thomas Geoghegan, a Chicago-based labor lawyer and author, told Morning Shift. “Otherwise, we are likely to get those prices ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Governor race shattering campaign finance records

CHICAGO (AP) – The heated race for Illinois governor is shattering state records for campaign fundraising and spending, fueled by a deep-pocketed GOP candidate and intense national interest in what's expected to be one of the closest contests in the ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Karen Lewis Has Already Redefined Chicago Politics

For 22 years, under Mayor Richard M. Daley, an outsized corporate role in municipal elections—through campaign contributions and outright corruption—secured a pro-business political climate that marginalized the public voice and was faithfully ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Paul Schimpf is the choice for Attorney General

I endorse Paul Schimpf for the office of Illinois Attorney General. Paul will be loyal to the people of Illinois and the Illinois Constitution; not to the elitist political insiders who have run our state into the ground. Paul Schimpf, now retired ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Early voting sites in McHenry County open today

At stake are all statewide constitutional offices, a U.S. Senate seat, all seats in the U.S. and state Houses of Representatives, four countywide offices, half the County Board and two proposed amendments to the Illinois Constitution. Voters on Nov. 4 ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Wasted energy

At the time, Quinn hailed the bill that would allow "fracking" under environmentally friendly rules as a vehicle for energy production, jobs creation and widespread economic development, particularly in economically depressed areas of southern Illinois ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Documentary Examining CPS Closings Premiering at History Museum

OLD TOWN — The world premiere of a Web series examining the fallout from the closing of 49 Chicago Public Schools will be held at the Chicago History Museum. It's been a year and a half since the school board voted to close the schools after months of ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

3 Daley scandals cost taxpayers $6 million in legal fees

The legal tab to Chicago taxpayers so far is more than $4.1 million. City Hall's law firm, Barnes & Thornburg, has billed taxpayers $1.9 million through August, records show. The park district's law firm, Reed Smith, has charged taxpayers more than $2 ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Pres. Obama to campaign for Gov. Quinn in Chicago

Other speakers at the rally included Senator Dick Durbin, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and United States Congressmen Bobby Rush and Rodney Davis. But the president was the big draw that attracted over 6,000 to the rally to re-elect ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois

Iris Martinez and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also helped warm up the crowd with chants like, “Win with Quinn!” “If we want to support our president, we have to vote,” Preckwinkle said. The Jackie Robinson West team got a shoutout when ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Monroe Capital Provides Credit Facility to American Community Homes, Inc.

CHICAGO — Monroe Capital LLC today announced it acted as sole lead arranger and administrative agent on the funding of a senior credit facility to support the recapitalization of Towne Mortgage Corporation (“Towne”) by American Community Homes, Inc. a ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

A Softer Side of Politics: Mayoral Candidate Alderman Bob Fioretti Engaged to ...

A civil rights attorney and progressive leader on the Chicago City Council, he is deeply involved in the Chicago community as is Nicki. She's Director of Community Affairs at Illinois Housing Development Authority, serves on the Board of Advisors at ...

October 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Ald. Latasha Thomas Will Not Seek a Fifth Term

Thomas first became alderman in 2000 when former Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed her to replace Terry Peterson, who became CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority. After she leaves office, Thomas, an attorney, said she would practice law full-time.

October 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Four days of actions in Missouri protest brutality, killings by cops

In addition to Black rights organizations, church groups and youth groups, contingents joined the march from the United Food and Commercial Workers, Communications Workers of America, Chicago Teachers Union, Service Employees International Union ...

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