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November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

U.S. consumer confidence drops unexpectedly in November

WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence unexpectedly declined in November to a five-month low as Americans became less upbeat about the economy and labor market. The Conference Board's index fell to 88.7 this month from an October reading of 94.1 ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

President Obama on immigration: How we got here and what's next?

... so under his successor, Richard Trumka, the AFL-CIO, the Change to Win Federation, and numerous individual unions, including the independent United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union (UE), all played stronger roles, including mass ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Ohio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving - an effort that comes as Macy's, the holiday's quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Guest View: Strong ethics reform would pay long-term dividends

Pat Quinn took office amid the ethics quagmire left by current federal inmate Rod Blagojevich and promptly appointed an Illinois Reform Committee. That report, now five years old, was largely ignored. The Quinn administration has had its own ethical ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel, Claypool heap each other with praise at City Club

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool heaped praise on each other Tuesday during an appearance before the City Club of Chicago. The lovefest during Claypool's scheduled address to the City Club was a dramatic departure from the ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Nothing but good vibes between Rahm, Claypool a year after Ventra

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool heaped praise on each other Tuesday during an appearance before the City Club of Chicago. The lovefest during Claypool's scheduled address to the City Club was a dramatic departure from the ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Hundreds Of Chicago Protesters Stage Peaceful Sit-In Outside Rahm Emanuel's ...

When attendees began filing into the fifth floor outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office Tuesday morning, organizers said they were warned they could face arrest if they remained past closing time at 5 p.m.. Malcolm London, a co-chair of the organizing ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

EC city court funding fight reaches state appeals court

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in a funding dispute between the East Chicago City Council and its city court that could set a statewide precedent for whether and how city and town courts have their budgets cut.


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

State begins accepting fracking applications

Young said DNR hired an additional 33 staff to implement the fracking program and has asked the General Assembly for supplemental funding for another 20 positions. ... Southern Illinois is considered the area of the state mostly likely to attract drillers.


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois taxes its low-income families more than almost every other state

The General Assembly may tackle the issue during the fall 2014 veto session, though the politics of such a move remain uncertain. The idea of a progressive state income tax, mirroring the federal income tax system, has been bandied about but not taken ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Winnetka District 36 approves new teacher contract

After 13 months of negotiations, the Winnetka District 36 board of education has approved a 5-year teachers contract with the district's teachers union. Pictured here is one of the district's five schools, The Skokie School. (Karen Ann Cullotta ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CPS Teacher Candidates, Closed Schools Near Ferguson

The non-indictment in Ferguson resulted in some violence and lots of school closures. At least two CPS teachers are running for alderman, according to Progress IL. Catalyst writes up the latest UC study of teacher evaluation experiences. Nationally ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Public Schools students explain why Obama's Ferguson speech failed

I heard President Obama's statement about Ferguson last night and trusted my gut: something wasn't right, something in the speech didn't work. Based on social media reactions, I knew I wasn't the only one. Still, I knew there was some teachable moment ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Contract approved to build arena/hotel near McCormick Place

A contract to design and build a $564 million event center and hotel complex in the South Loop was awarded on Tuesday to Prairie District 3 Partners. James Reilly, CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, also known as McPier, recommended ...


November 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

McCormick Place Arena Moving Forward Despite Higher Cost

The price jump, attributed to labor costs and an "underestimation" of the total bill, according to McPier CEO Jim Reilly, would be split by the taxpayer-financed Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and DePaul, though the university has yet to ...


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