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May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chief Flynn to Aldermen: Computer Crash Did Not Compromise Safety

Burke says the department is working with a company in New York to recover the files and won't know for another few weeks whether any were permanently lost. He says even if some video is ultimately not recovered, all of the audio files are still ...


May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

Despite the partisan nature of his job, Hastert worked well with members of the Illinois delegation for both parties and with Chicago's then Democratic Mayor Richard Daley. Former ... I just - I'm shocked. I just find it hard to believe. SCHAPER: So ...


May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel won't move on local solution to pension crisis until Springfield goes ...

When Moody's Investors Services dropped Chicago's bond rating below investment grade, the-cash-strapped city could have faced paying nearly $2.2 billion to bankers under a series of complex deals dating back to former Mayor Richard M. Daley's tenure.


May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Former's cop's daughter files lawsuit against alleged body part trafficker

Mayor Richard M. Daley inducted him into the Chicago Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 2008 in recognition of his community service, the suit states. Prior to Perkins' death, his daughter completed a “Willed Body to Science Document Gift Form,” which ...


May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

COD Outstanding Divisional Faculty Members and Advisers for 2014-2015

She recently prepared an audio recording to help nursing and health sciences students learn EKGs. As the Nursing curriculum chairperson, she helped organize, write and lead faculty in the Associate Degree in Nursing program curriculum revision. Gallyot ...


May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Feds charge former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money, tried to ...

As a high school teacher watching the local political scene, Hastert started his political career when he won a 1980 election to the Illinois General Assembly. He was elected to the House in 1986. He rose in leadership, becoming the chief deputy whip ...


May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Responsible Budget Coalition Releases Statement on IL General Assembly ...

Instead of the severe cuts originally proposed by the Governor, budget bills that do more to invest in services that make Illinois families and communities strong are currently being considered by the General Assembly. The Governor and the General ...


May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

The Voices of Students: And the Winners Are …

On May 15, we announced An Invitation to High School Students, introducing a letter-writing competition. Now, after more than 1,300 impressive entries in just seven days — and some difficult decisions on our part — we're ready to announce the 16 winners.


May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rain Barrels a Big Hit on Southwest Side as Residents Seek Flood Relief

His office teamed with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District two weeks ago to combat the problem. Their solution arrived in the form of free rain barrels on Thursday afternoon. "We are using [rain barrels] not only to conserve water but to make a ...


May 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

North Chicago joins 'Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness'

Antonio Riley, midwest administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), talks about the grant money HUD has given out to end homelessness and veteran homelessness in particular. (By Frank Abderholden, Lake County ...


May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

LA mayor: Minimum wage exemption for unionized firms needs study

Bonin's view was at odds with that of Rusty Hicks, head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and a leader of the Raise the Wage coalition. Hicks said in a statement ... San Francisco, Chicago and Oakland did; Seattle did not. L.A.'s minimum ...


May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Other View: Clock ticking for newbies to learn Open Meetings Act

One of the positives to come out of the Gov. Rod Blagojevich corruption scandal of 2008-09 is greater attention to openness and transparency in Illinois government. Reform legislation regarding the Open Meetings Act put greater responsibility on ...


May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Voters will get a say on impeachment plan

... a White House intern, but the Senate fell far short of the two-thirds majorities required to convict him. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois was the most recent governor to be removed by a state legislature in 2009, ahead of his conviction on federal ...


May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

The other showdown in Springfield

Rod Blagojevich signed off on a 13 percent wage hike over the course of a four-year AFSCME contract. AFSCME leaders boasted then that it was the best offer of any state in the country. Illinois faced a $2.3 billion budget deficit that year. In 2008 ...


May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Reeder: Mike Madigan a hypocrite for condemning meetings

SPRINGFIELD – “We need taller interns,” a statehouse wag told me my first year covering the Illinois Capitol. I was a bit perplexed. After all, at 6 foot, 4 inches, I've never considered myself too short. But in 1988, folks wanted someone tall enough ...


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