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March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Can Labor Strike Back?

He writes about the United Federation of Teachers in New York City in the 1960s and teachers in Washington State in the 70s. And then he reports on "A Quarter Century of Strike Activity in Chicago." He talks about strikes and the threat of strikes, and ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Cutting corners cost Schock, Illinois GOP

Rod Blagojevich and former Congressman Jesse Jackson,Jr., who both lived well beyond their means in order to somehow keep up with their rich buddies. Somehow this led him to start cutting corners. And when you start doing that, it's very difficult to stop.

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chuy: I'd expand sales tax, consider luxury tax, but bankruptcy talk 'premature'

What does that mean in terms of Ald. Ed Burke? Would you get rid of him as Finance Committee chair? A. Remember, I have many relationships in the City Council, having been a former member. I value those relationships. . . . I look forward to working ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Alderman Bob Fioretti endorsing Rahm Emanuel for mayor

Fioretti says he met with Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia after both reached out to him for his endorsement. He said he thought he'd remain neutral but decided to support Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he grew more uncomfortable with Garcia's ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Mitchell: Mayor planning much-needed overhaul of city's viaducts

Anytime you go under a viaduct in the city of Chicago, the streets are raggedy. It is dark and grim and scary.” Emanuel's opponent on the April 7 mayoral runoff ballot, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, has slammed him on community investment, and the viaduct ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel and Garcia scour city for votes

“There's something urgent happening in Chicago,” Garcia said. “Just like you have assembled here today, so have people in their neighborhoods, saying 'We want Chicago back. We want to be important. We want to be the boss of the city of Chicago, as it ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

THE WATCHDOGS: Daley pal's son backs Chuy after Rahm drops family's O ...

Joyce hired former Cook County State's Attorney Richard A. Devine to lobby city officials. Westfield hired lobbyist Tim Dart, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's brother and a close ally of powerful Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th). Joyce's company guaranteed ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Communities find new life for shuttered school buildings

Eighty-five of them closed between 1946 and 1948, about the time the Illinois General Assembly passed the Common Unit Law in 1947. Then, just like today, changes were made and schools were closed with an end goal of fiscal responsibility, according to ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Swarens: Gov. Mike Pence to push for clarification of 'religious freedom' law

The governor, although not ready to provide details on what the new bill will say, said he expects the legislation to be introduced into the General Assembly this coming week. Asked if that legislation might include making gay and lesbian Hoosiers a ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois robs clean energy fund to balance its budget

To help fill the state budget's $1.6 billion deficit this year, the General Assembly swiped $100 million from a program to fund alternative-energy projects. WRITE US: Crain's welcomes responses from readers. Letters should be as brief as possible and ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Senate endorses legislation to train caregivers

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal designed to ensure people are trained to take care of recently hospitalized loved ones is moving forward in the Illinois General Assembly. The legislation, proposed by Republican state Sen. Chapin Rose of Mahomet, was ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Garcia, Emanuel look to sway undecided voters this weekend

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spent the early afternoon at the Harold Washington Cultural Center talking about the city's full day kindergarten program — and free city college education for Chicago students earning a B average. “You've got to be able to take the ...

March 29, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Business leaders in the news

Herkowitz received a degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree and master's of business administration from Chicago Kent College of Law, of which he serves on the alumni board of directors. He also is a member of the ...

March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

AFT's Anti-Rahm Spend

As you would expect, the American Federation of Teachers isn't just focused on putting in making sure that Philadelphia's mayor is one who favors its interests. There's still the Chicago mayoral run-off, in which the union's favored candidate, Jesus ...

March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Two weeks' schedule notice for workers on California labor agenda

Having already raised one child through the abrupt cancellations, short notice and other challenges of the fast-food industry's erratic scheduling, Holly Dias anticipates that another on the way will require a similar juggling act. “A lot of stuff I ...

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