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October 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois needs better way to deal with terminally ill inmates

Rod Blagojevich. Let's be clear: Our compassion quotient on this issue is not too high. People go to prison because they've done bad things. Even when they are not officially sentenced to life in prison, sometimes they will die behind bars. But for ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Tinley Park to purchase Mental Health Center from state

George Ryan's administration, Zabrocki said. In the 2000s, the village hired a lobbyist to track any potential sales of the property during Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration. "Probably the biggest fear I had during that administration was that I ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Next Illinois governor faces tough decisions

Quinn touts his ability to win approval in 2009 for a massive road construction plan that his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich, was unable to accomplish in his terms, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce that backs Rauner is among the groups that want to ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Emanuel sets long-term goal of electronic testing for city jobs

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's former patronage chief, streets and sanitation commissioner and two others were convicted in 2006 of rigging city hiring to benefit the Hispanic Democratic Organization and other pro-Daley armies of political workers.


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Attorney general advice won't impact election day procedures in Champaign ...

A recent opinion on vote counting by the Illinois attorney general won't impact election day operations in Champaign County. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is advising county clerks to hold off on counting early and absentee votes until the polls close.


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Michelle Obama in new spot for Gov. Pat Quinn

WASHINGTON--A new spot for Gov. Pat Quinn, released on Friday, features first lady Michelle Obama urging folks to "let's just get this done and vote for Pat Quinn," a message aimed at turning out the Democratic base vote: women, minorities and youths.


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Rauner rips Quinn on IDOT patronage oversight

Pat Quinn, pointing to a federal judge's ruling that the court should oversee hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation after allegations that patronage hiring at the agency increased under the Democratic governor. Rauner maintained Quinn has ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

$28 million sale of CPS headquarters approved

The Chicago Public Schools' longtime headquarters is set to be transformed into creative offices, after the Chicago Board of Education signed off yesterday on a deal to sell the Loop building for the $28 million. Crain's reported in July that a venture ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Smart cities invest in play

There is a quiet revolution taking place throughout Chicago as we dramatically expand Chicago's park system, adding nearly 1,000 new acres to the Chicago Park District and more than $400 million in capital investment from public and private sources. We ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago's Newly Appointed Treasurer

He is the former chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. He also served as trustee for the Cook County Pension Fund, as appointed by Preckwinkle. Summers is senior vice president at investment firm GCM Grosvenor, and is already ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Topinka's 'heart attack' forecast a real grabber

Topinka said she favors a gradual reduction in the current tax rate similar to the incremental way Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle whittled away at the sales tax increase imposed by her predecessor. She said she believes that with ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Mayor Taps Former Preckwinkle Aide To Replace Treasurer Stephanie Neely

CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tapped a former top aide to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to replace City Treasurer Stephanie Neely, who is stepping down at the end of November. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Amtrak weighing development of massive Queens rail yard

... rights or how involved it would remain in any project undertaken on the site. There are additional development sites the company is discussing in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. ... A spokesman for the mayor said building on ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Council, school board to share costs on line replacement

... suspending rules, effecting permission for the mayor to: sign an application to the U.S. Department of Energy's Climate Action Communities Program for free technical assistance; and to sign a letter of intent with Bernardi Securities Inc. of ...


October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

First-time homebuyers fuel lending surge at state agency

The Illinois Housing Development Authority has approved more than $1 billion in mortgages this year, the first time it has crossed that threshold since it started making home loans more than 30 years ago, said Executive Director Mary Kenney. ... to ...


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