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April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Gay Caucus To Form On Chicago City Council

The Chicago City Council is set to see its first Gay Caucus in the city's history. Openly gay Alds. Raymond Lopez (15th), Deb Mell (33rd), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), Tom Tunney (44th) and James Cappleman (46th) are expected to form the council's first ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Counterpoint: Ban red-light cameras in every Illinois city and town

Surely, the city of Chicago can find ways to address its financial problems other than to punish the residents of the most economically declining neighborhoods, many of whom have been forced to file bankruptcy to continue to have the privilege of ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Innovative Method soap factory shows historic Pullman has a future

The 75,000-square-foot greenhouse, to be run by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Gotham Greens and expected to start operation in June, is the latest advance in Chicago's forward-thinking tradition of green roofs begun under former Mayor Richard M. Daley. It will ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Mayor Emanuel Chooses CTA President Forrest Claypool As Next Chief Of Staff

Claypool has a long history in Chicago politics and public service. He started working with David Axelrod in the mid-'80s, before becoming Mayor Richard M. Daley's Chief of Staff in 1989. In 1993, Claypool took over as CEO and Superintendent of Chicago ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Bill sponsor: Time to end pension double-dipping in Illinois

There's no question that to truly get Illinois back on firm financial ground we will need to address one of our largest annual expenses – pensions. While the constitutionality of comprehensive reforms passed in a previous General Assembly is tested in ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois budget cuts include $106 million less for Medicaid

Bruce Rauner delivers his budget address to the General Assembly in Springfield. A bipartisan agreement to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole including more than $1.3 billion in fund transfers from a variety of sources to avert shutdowns of Illinois state ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

News briefs for April 24

The Illinois General Assembly in 2009 passed a law allowing the creation of stroke systems of care in Illinois, identifying hospitals capable of providing emergent stroke care and directing EMS to take possible acute stroke patients to such hospitals ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Legislature Passes Youth Sentencing Reform Legislation

This bill is an important first step toward addressing the significant issues faced by children who enter the adult criminal justice system in Illinois. The Illinois General Assembly should be applauded for balancing need for public safety, justice for ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

'Illinois jokes' not funny to the GOP

First of all, he is not my guy; he is my governor.” Schneider said Gov. Pat Quinn underfunded day care in the state by $295 million. Rauner, he said, is trying to fix that. “Rauner is a financially conservative man,” Schneider said. “What do we do in ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Drive is on to reconsider naming COD building for Breuder

Pat Quinn at the school's commencement, the better to obtain $20 million out of the state budget for a new teaching facility. After almost one year of contentious board meetings where public watchdog groups grilled the board over transparency, spending ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Grading Rauner's first 100 days: hits, misses, a question of trust

Pat Quinn gave a sweehheart grant to Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, Rauner's office demanded the $10 million be returned. It was. Miss: Right after Rauner put in place a spending freeze on non-essential items, a $100,000-a-year chief of staff was ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

House OKs bobcat hunting; same bill Quinn vetoed

The bill is nearly identical to one the Legislature approved last year, but vetoed in December by then Gov. Pat Quinn on the grounds that bobcats need protection even though they've been removed from the threatened species list. Democratic Rep. Patrick ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

CPS announces proposals for new charter, alternative schools

Jack Elsey, CPS' chief officer of innovation and incubation, said the district can't base its charter school decisions on need and location because of the Illinois Charter School Commission, which can override CPS if it denies a charter and then fund ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Progress: Fulton County recreational land project on hold

In October of last year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago announced an agreement to utilize a portion of Fulton County land for public recreation use. However, the project ...

April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Regional Transportation Authority is doing a data website refresh

Data fanatics rejoice. The Regional Transportation Authority, which has oversight of the various public transportation systems serving the Chicago metro area, has updated its mapping and statistics website,, to give visitors more of the ...

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