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September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

AFSCME Puts Aside Differences, Endorses Quinn

There was once a time, such as during a protest at the Illinois State Fair in 2012, that union members were comparing Gov. Pat Quinn to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; labor's wrath has turned to Bruce Rauner since he became Republican's nominee for ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Five lessons from the heartland

They included members of the University of Illinois-Chicago faculty union who had driven 90 miles to show solidarity with their brothers and sisters at UIUC. And they included a wide layer of students and faculty representing both ... As we stood ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

SALMAGUNDI: Chicago overshadowing Springfield

Most knew this truth regarding the Executive Mansion — a 16-room apartment for the governor is part of the 157-year-old home, a popular historic site — if only because Rod Blagojevich famously avoided the place, opting to jet to Chicago each night ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring

The report found that the questionable hiring of "staff assistants" accelerated under Quinn, despite his claims to have cleaned up the practices of his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich. The issue boiled over in April when Chicago attorney and anti ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Aldermen claim speed cameras unfairly targeting South Side drivers

Speed cameras are popping up like weeds around Chicago, generating millions of dollars for a City Hall starved for cash. However, a FOX 32 investigation has found a handful of the 124 cameras are catching far more speeders than the rest. It's been ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Gov't should renegotiate FBI building lease

Among the developers of the building was Jack Higgins, a friend and political backer of the fellow who was mayor when the federal contract was awarded, Richard M. Daley. The Higgins group was awarded the contract though another group made a lower bid ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Jesse White vows this will be his last term -- again

Since he can't lower the secretary of state's user fees without the General Assembly's approval, White's been working with state Sen. Heather Steans, of Chicago, on legislation to lower fees for LLCs, or limited liability companies, from $500 to $39 ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Fioretti blasts Emanuel for socking it to retirees on health care

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled then that subsidized health care premiums for state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution and that the General Assembly was "precluded from diminishing or impairing that benefit." Budget and Management ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago, New York and Honolulu being considered for Obama library

The state and local government may choose to contribute, though the Illinois General Assembly recently scrapped plans to commit $100 million to any potential project after some lawmakers grumbled. Obama has indicated he wants his library to become an ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

AP Interview: Durbin denies 'bullying' businesses

Durbin said he was aware of and supported several non-binding questions that Illinois Democrats in the General Assembly put on the ballot to draw the party's base to the polls, saying the GOP has successfully used the strategy in other states.

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Poll: Illinois voters back referendum issues

Democratic legislative leaders had sought to increase the state's minimum wage in the spring session of the General Assembly but ran into opposition from business interests. So instead, Democrats put a nonbinding question on the fall ballot, a move ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Governor Quinn, clean house

But Quinn staffers signed off on that ever-growing army of exempt IDOT workers. Schneider said the "vast majority" of openings were filled with candidates sent by the governor's office. Those workers weren't hired based on their qualifications. They ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

What the Chicago mayor's race says about the future of education politics

Chicago's upcoming mayoral election could put tensions in the Democratic Party over teachers' unions front and center. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is considering a challenge to Rahm Emanuel — a face-off between two brash ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Will the Real Bruce Rauner Please Stand Up?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first schools chief, Jean Claude-Brizard, tells me that he used to meet often with Rauner. “It's hard not to know Bruce Rauner if you're in education in Chicago,” he says. “Even folks in New York were telling me about Bruce. He was ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Schools CEO: privatizing janitorial services not 'as smooth as we would like'

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett admitted Monday that turning over management of school janitors to two private companies hasn't been going very well. “Obviously it has not been as smooth as we would like,” Byrd-Bennett said. “We have ...

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