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August 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Pullman National Park proposal could boost annual Labor Day celebration

CHICAGO | The surge of public attention to the idea of converting the one-time Pullman Palace Railcar Co. and its surrounding company town into a national park has organizers of this year's Pullman Labor Day celebration expecting larger-than-usual ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Jane Byrne, Chicago's only female mayor, makes rare public appearance at ...

ABC7's Charles Thomas asked Ed Burke-- the city's longest serving alderman-- if Chicago political pettiness caused Byrne to wait so long. "In politics, there are no permanent enemies, no permanent friends, only permanent interests," said Ald. Ed Burke ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn pays tribute to former Mayor Jane Byrne

Former Mayor Jane Byrne made a rare public appearance Friday as Chicago's main confluence of major highways was renamed in her honor, a nod to her status as the only female ever elected to the city's top political post. The Circle Interchange where the ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Jane Byrne, Chicago's only female mayor, makes rare public appearance at ...

After a narrow loss to Harold Washington in 1983, neither Washington in four years nor Mayor Richard M. Daley in 22 years saw it fit to name anything after Byrne. "My time as Mayor is gone and this is the start of a whole new concept," said Jane Byrne.


August 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Attorney general warns of phone scammers

Madigan's office has seen an increase in the number of calls to her office in recent weeks from Illinois residents who have been contacted by scammers pretending to be government officials with bogus claims that the call recipients are under ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

New nursing wing opens at UT Martin Parsons Center

Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly for supporting the project, which was completed by TLM Associates, of Jackson, and Quinn Construction, of Parsons. Initial funding for the expansion was included in the 2013-14 state budget, and a $1 ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Forum Celebrates 25 Years Banding Together Freedom Lovers

In speaking with Robert Redfern by telephone after the event, Thorner was informed that four years ago a petition initiated by Illinois Forum was to change the General Assembly from meeting every year to every two years, with a budget to reflect the ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Meet Bruce Rauner, the big spender

He can't shift pension costs and cap property taxes all at once without decimating the budgets of every school district in Illinois. Period. End of story. And if he doesn't muscle this local fiscal nightmare through the General Assembly in a big hurry ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

IDNR delivers revised rules to implement Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources today delivered revised rules to implement the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. The revised rules were submitted to the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

A quiet start expected for city schools as mayoral election draws near

Chicago public school Safe Passage workers cheer after a prayer at a back to school event for the upcoming school year at Journeyman Plumber's Hall (1340 W. Washington Blvd.) in Chicago on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. School begins this Tuesday, Sept.


August 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum

Along with Florida, thousands of students in New York City and Chicago are learning chess in school, also taught in major districts in Texas, Michigan and Washington state, among others. From pre-school through college, scholastic memberships in the ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Quinn: Jane Byrne Interchange 'right name for a coming together'

“We decided that the Jane Byrne Interchange would be the right name for a coming together, a bridge that brought people together to come into the city of Chicago, where she served as our mayor from 1979 to 1983,” Quinn said. The former mayor's daughter ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Quick change coming for Cook County's Medicaid contract

“We determined that trying to predict things five years out was a stretch at best,” said Hill Hammock, chairman of the health system board. Mr. Hammock and the rest of the board this morning unanimously authorized the system to amend the contract.


August 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Family Of Jackie Robinson West Little League Team Member Is Homeless ...

Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, several aldermen and other politicians, representatives of the Cubs and White Sox were all onstage to bask in the glow of these young ...


August 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Hyde Park's retail revival is on a roll

But the project began more than a decade ago with a request for help from then-Ald. Toni Preckwinkle and involved years of community input, the university said. The project benefits new and current businesses and residents, who for years had to leave ...


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