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February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel Challenges New Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon To Take The ...

Almost exactly three years ago, in February 2011, the former White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, Rahm Emanuel was elected to become the Mayor of Chicago. When he was elected he had broad support from all spectrums of the Chicago ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Union League Club of Chicago President Guy Maras Congratulates Club's ...

Edwards cited Wilson for promoting scholarship, leadership and citizenship in his post as the City Corps Staff Commanding General responsible for more than 10,000 JROTC cadets enrolled in Chicago Public Schools. Wilson also serves as Commander of ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

FAFSA got you down? Help sessions available

Because the 10-page online form can be intimidating and complicated to fill out the first time, the Rockford School District and Illinois Student Assistance Commission have partnered to offer a series of free help sessions for students and parents. "I ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Thomas Karaba Presents Union League Club of Chicago's Democracy in Action ...

“Illinois high school junior and senior students nominated by their teachers or advisors are recognized annually by the Union League Club of Chicago's Public Affairs committee with the Democracy in Action Award for “dedication to democratic principles ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Editorial: Silence hardly golden in state legislature

The Illinois General Assembly has a long history of making difficult decisions during sessions when many legislators are leaving office. The most often stated example, and one of the more infamous, was when Democrats worked together to pass a 67 ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Branstad keeps focus on legislative session

Since lawmakers returned to the Iowa Capitol in January, the Republican Branstad has largely kept his attention on his legislative agenda and budget plan, which he wants to be approved this spring by the divided General Assembly. Even Branstad's ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Southwestern School Board approves raises

The Illinois General Assembly amended the sex education curriculum in January 2013 to include the new program. “We selected three books that we feel are age appropriate and accurate. These are things kids need to know,” said Skertich. “As with anything ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Rules holding up fracking in Illinois

Administrative rules written to implement the act have not yet been approved by, or even submitted to, the General's Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules for final consideration. Public comment on proposed rules written by the Illinois ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Illinois Gov. Quinn encourages immediate marriage equality statewide

Springfield, IL — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Friday lauded a federal judge's decision allowing gay and lesbian couples to immediately begin marrying in Cook County instead of waiting until June 1, the initial effective date of legislation allowing ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

County Board expresses its support of Senate bill

“I cannot speak for the Illinois General Assembly but I think they know this is a matter of some urgency,” he said. Board member Emily Burke said although the board is glad about the possible amendment, it is just a beginning measure. “Although we are ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Charters eye closed CPS schools

Among board members of the charter operator, which was founded by a global law firm, is Robin Steans, executive director of the education reform group Advance Illinois. Legacy's elementary school has been using one of three buildings at the Mason ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Obama Mentor Preckwinkle May Challenge Emanuel for Chicago Mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle may have her sights on the job, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, though she insists she is running only for re-election this year. Preckwinkle could be Emanuel's "worst nightmare," according to Sun-Times ...


February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Cook County board moves e-cigarettes behind the counter

The Cook County Board voted to amend its smoking ordinance to include electronic cigarettes on Feb. 19. Commissioner Jeff Tobolski sponsored an amended ordinance that requires e-cigarettes to be stored securely and prohibits their sale to minors.


February 23, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

City of Chicago adding crews to tackle pothole problem

The city of Chicago is upping their fight against potholes by adding six more crews to fill thousands of potholes plaguing city streets. The additional crews will be on the job by March 1st and are expected to fill an additional 1,500 potholes a day ...


February 23, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

City lands $70 mil. grant toward Digital Lab

The federal money for next-generation digital technology will be leveraged with up to $250 million in cash and in-kind commitments from corporations, the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois and universities in Illinois and other states. Mayor Rahm ...


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