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December 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

McDonald's faces 78 charges of flouting labour laws in US

NEW YORK: The National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that its general counsel had brought 78 charges against McDonald's and some of its franchise operators, accusing them of violating federal labour law in response to workers' protests for ...


December 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

2 Emanuel mayoral challengers blast red-light camera program

But Fioretti focused his ire on Emanuel and former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who first implemented the program. He said both mayors obfuscated the safety benefits of the cameras. And Fioretti said he has in the past requested proof that red-light cameras ...


December 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Elected school board question may test mayoral candidates

A coalition of neighborhood groups and members of the Chicago Teachers Union have collected enough signatures in 37 wards to pose a nonbinding question to Chicagoans on their February ballots: Do you want an elected school board? We've seen this ...


December 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

The Watchdogs: CPS a profitable investment for Chicago Board of Ed member

Quazzo's companies have gotten an additional $2.9 million in Chicago Public Schools business in the year and a half since the millionaire venture capitalist joined the board to fill a vacancy left by Penny Pritzker when President Barack Obama named ...


December 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Raising juror pay, reducing juries gets mixed reviews

County officials, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, support the increase but say they're disappointed the proposal doesn't address cost and worry how they'll make up for it. Officials estimate the plan could bump Cook County's ...


December 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Letter: Remembering Judy Baar Topinka

You probably remember Judy riding in our Fourth of July parade when she was running for governor against Rod Blagojevich. She always asked, “What can I do for you?” She even came to McHenry County for my re-election as state representative fundraiser ...


December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel's Son Assaulted, Robbed Near Family Home

Chicago police are investigating a brazen crime near Mayor Emanuel's Ravenswood home. The mayor's 17-year old son, Zach, was assaulted during a robbery late Saturday night when two suspects reportedly went through his pockets before stealing his ...


December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's son robbed

(CNN) -- The 17-year-old son of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the victim of an assault and robbery, a spokeswoman for the mayor told CNN on Saturday. "Yesterday evening, Mayor Emanuel's son Zach was assaulted in a robbery during which his ...


December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

The Life of Patrick Ryan: Act II, Scene 2

Ryan launched Ryan Specialty shortly after Chicago failed to land the 2016 Summer Olympics, an effort he managed at the request of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. A 72-year-old founder of a startup, Ryan wasted no time, luring more than 100 producers from ...


December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Can Garcia's run for mayor fire up independents?

Elected in 1992 as the first Mexican-American state senator in Illinois, Garcia led efforts to block a $400 million, mixed-use expansion of the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997, which was supported by Mayor Richard M. Daley. Garcia feared it ...


December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

College of DuPage lies to Illinois Attorney General -

The law firm of Robbins-Schwartz submitted a nine page response to my Open Meetings Act complaint to the Attorney General in reference to the College of DuPage's September 25, 2014 board meeting. In this response dated October 29, the College, thru ...


December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Colorado River deal bolsters dwindling Lake Mead

Southern California's Metropolitan Water District is discussing with two big irrigation districts in the region the possibility of paying them to step up water conservation and efficiency programs in which the districts are already participating. The ...


December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

McDonald's Is Charged With Punishing Workers

The National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that its general counsel had brought 78 charges against McDonald's and some of its franchise operators, accusing them of violating federal labor law in response to workers' protests for higher ...


December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Obama's Golfing Buddy a Key Figure in Illinois Corruption Case

Rod Blagojevich. Whitaker's chief of staff, Quinshaunta Golden, was charged for her role in doling out many of the grants and pleaded guilty in the case. Springfield-based U.S. Attorney James Lewis told the Chicago Tribune the investigation that led to ...


December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Continues Getting Cash From Firms Managing ...

Last week, Emanuel raked in more than a half-million dollars in campaign cash in a single day. Among the contributions were $100,000 from top executives at Madison Dearborn Partners and another $50,000 from John Buck, the principal of the John Buck ...


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