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October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

May takes on racism, rivals in bid to remake Tory image

Her credentials as a tough-talking reformer were burnished with a speech four months ago to the Police Federation, the labor union representing officers in England and Wales. May told the organization, which has been at odds with the Home Office for ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Read Chancellor Fariña's speech outlining the city's new school rating system ...

For the past six months, we solicited feedback through focus groups and conversations with more than a thousand stakeholders, from parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents to labor leaders, elected officials, advocates, and nationally ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

U.S. manufacturing cools from strongest pace in three years

"The labor market is improving at a respectable pace. The economy is ... In China, a manufacturing index from the National Bureau of Statistics and China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing held at 51.1 in September from a month earlier. Economists' ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

*** UPDATED x2 - Frerichs responds - Cross responds *** Frerichs says Cross is ...

Tom Cross led efforts to pass Rod Blagojevich's $10 billion pension borrowing deal which lined the pockets of both their friends. Before that, Cross supported every single George Ryan budget, turning surpluses into deficits, engaging in historic ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Former Peace Corps Teacher Annisa Wanat Challenging Ald. Deb Mell in 33rd ...

Rod Blagojevich, the imprisoned former governor of Illinois, is married to the former Patti Mell, sister of Deb and daughter of Richard. Speaking of the Mell/Blagojevich clan, Wanat said, “The family is not known for promoting open and transparent ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Rauner: State should spend more on universities

Rod Blagojevich. In the interview, Rauner tried to tie Quinn to Blagojevich, saying the two Democrats and a Democratic-controlled General Assembly, have sent the state down the wrong path. "We've lost our balance. We've become a one-party state.

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Opinion: Rahm Hangs a 'For Sale' Sign on Chicago City Council

Actually, it's more than just one person. In reality, it's a small group of wealthy corporate executives, philanthropists and members of organized labor groups—led by the mayor—that are betting control of the Chicago City Council has a price. And ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Emanuel borrows to make Michael Reese payments after failed Olympic bid

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel has borrowed more than $21 million to start paying for the former Michael Reese hospital site that was bought as part of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's failed bid for the 2016 summer Olympics." And Daley just keeps giving and ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Attorney general hopeful: Office should be more proactive with corruption

STERLING – The Republican candidate for Illinois attorney general wants the office to be more proactive in fighting government corruption throughout the state. And in his first political campaign, Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, a Marine Corps veteran, wants ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Our View: Lawmakers, stay away from the IHSA

The Illinois High School Association encourages fair play and sportsmanship. Some members of the Illinois General Assembly do not seem to be particularly inclined to do so. The ongoing witch hunt some members of the legislature are intent on ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Pres. Obama In Chicago For Quinn Fundraiser, NU Speech

(CBS) — President Barack Obama arrived at the Gary-Chicago International Airport on Air Force One Wednesday evening and is spending the night in Chicago. The president will spend Thursday at a fundraiser for Governor Quinn and a speech at ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago's Hancock High School to become Selective Enrollment

Today, Chicago Public Schools officials decided to make Hancock High School, the school where I teach, the school in my zip code, a Selective Enrollment and citywide Career and Technical Education school. According to CPS central office staff, starting ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

CPS grads can qualify for new city college scholarships

Qualified graduates of Chicago's public high schools will be eligible for a free ride at one of the city's seven community colleges under a scholarship program announced today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman.

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Jon Burge, Chicago cop in torture cases, to leave federal prison today

The ordinance being touted at City Hall today calls for a $20 million set-aside to finance compensation to Burge victims, provide free enrollment in city colleges to the survivors, require Chicago Public Schools to teach a history lesson about the ...

October 02, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Emanuel puts $2 million first-year pricetag on scholarhip offer

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday put a $2 million first-year price tag on his offer of free City Colleges tuition to Chicago Public School students who graduate with at least a 3.0 grade-point average — by assuming that 85 percent of them will get ...

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