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July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

AFSCME holds International Convention

Chicago, IL - 4000 delegates from throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico gathered here, July 14 -18, for the International Convention of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Under the banner, "Bold, Brave, and ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

What's behind the tough talk?

THE AMERICAN Federation of Teachers (AFT) leadership is straining to balance growing unrest among union members and their strategy of making concessions in the name of "partnership." That effort was on ... Nor was there any mention of Lewis' possible ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Seeking Re-Election, Emanuel Gets More Love From Labor Unions

... million development on the Chicago River -- Tom Villanova, president of the Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council, and Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, took the stage to sing the mayor's praises.

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Blagojevich's Lawyers Misrepresented Supreme Court Ruling, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors say lawyers for Rod Blagojevich have misrepresented a US Supreme Court ruling in their bid to appeal for the convicted ex-governor. Blagojevich's lawyers say an April ruling found soliciting contributions is corruption only when a ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

When will the CTA rid the Brown Line of slow zones?

In a comment posted to the story, CTA president Forrest Claypool called the article "wildly misleading." My story, he wrote, "fails to immediately explain that the slow zones were put in place for CTA construction work designed to improve speeds on the ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Emanuel holds meeting on city violence

(AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has met with law enforcement and school officials to talk about the city's violence problem. The Monday morning meeting comes three days after Chicago's latest high-profile killing: an 11-year-old girl shot dead at a ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no answers about red light ticketing

For the second time in just three months, the Chicago Tribune has published an exhaustive investigation that raises serious questions about how well Chicago Mayor Rahm and his minions are running a cash-strapped, problem-plagued city — and to what ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

City to install more jet noise monitors in Chicago

When asked Monday about the status of holding City Council hearings that she and Laurino requested in January, O'Connor,, vice chairman of the council's Aviation Committee, responded: "We are still trying to find a long-term solution as well as short ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

The progressive group that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is shifting its focus to Chicago ahead of a mayoral race that could see Rahm Emanuel battling union leader-activist Karen Lewis. The Working Families Party, aka WFP, is eyeing ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Red light ticket spike fallout at City Hall

A group of aldermen said Monday they will ask City Hall's top watchdog to investigate Chicago's beleaguered red light camera program following a Tribune investigation that revealed a series of suspicious ticket spikes around the city that tagged ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

City of Chicago announces inaugural Five Star Awards in arts

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have announced the establishment of the Fifth Star Awards which will honor “exemplary artists and arts institutions.” The inaugural Awards event is set for ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Illinois Attorney General lawsuits bring increased scrutiny to student loan ...

The Illinois Attorney General's Office has filed two lawsuits against companies purporting to offer student loan relief services. The complaints allege the two companies engaged in deceptive marketing practices and charged consumers hundreds of dollars ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Illinois attorney general: Send concealed carry rejection cases back to review ...

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan plans to ask Cook County Circuit Court judges to send cases involving concealed carry rejections back to the state review board for another look, a spokeswoman for the attorney general said Monday. The Illinois ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

New lawsuits put small railroad money again in jeopardy

The short-line railroads thought they had a solution when the General Assembly passed a bill in April setting up a new 17-cents-a-gallon tax to replace the sales tax, relying on guidance from the court that ruled the other tax discriminatory against ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Israeli card played in treasurer's race

“Mike Frerichs is among the most outspoken and vocal advocates for the State of Israel in the Illinois General Assembly. He was a strong supporter of the bill that would allow for significant new investment in Israel Bonds, and supports the policy that ...

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