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October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Ty Fahner: What if the Court rejects pension reform?

To its credit, the Illinois General Assembly passed a pension reform bill that gives Illinois and its citizens a fighting chance. Signed into law last December, it provides more certainty about the state's fiscal position, demonstrates that we can ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Committee approves live gaming, land-based casinos

Although the final report received unanimous bipartisan support, the recommendations still have to be placed in a bill that will have to be passed by the full General Assembly during the 2015 session. The live table games language was directed at ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

South Suburban Airport Project Gaining Steam as State Buys More Land

The Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 20 in the spring of 2013, which created a Public Private Partnership between the private sector and IDOT to build the South Suburban Airport. “The decision of whether to build the airport or not will be ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Picking losers: Illinois' fiscal situation is awful

A large and growing gap between spending and sustainable revenue is made worse by huge claims on future revenues from past IOUs. Eventually, the General Assembly and governor will be forced to pick losers by deciding which combination of painfully ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Michelle Obama to campaign in Moline for Pat Quinn, Dick Durbin

Obama was in Illinois on Oct. 7, when she headlined a small fundraiser for Quinn and rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Quinn is in a tight race with Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. The first lady is one of several top-ranking ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Judge, sheriff among local races on Election Day

First is the Illinois Right to Vote Amendment. According to the Illinois General Assembly (, this measure declares that no person shall be denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot in an election based on race, color, ethnicity ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Why I'm voting for Pat Quinn

Before Blagojevich's dramatic ouster, Quinn was a marginalized, even ostracized lieutenant governor who had a title but no power or portfolio. He became the state's chief executive without a mandate or team of legislative allies. Considering those head ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

CPS wants to delay new standardized exam; state's answer is still 'No'

That's in spite of Chicago Public Schools' recent request and ongoing lobbying efforts for another year's reprieve from the new test. The district's schools “are simply not ready for the full-scale implementation of the test” and “the testing demands ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Lake Shore Drive ramps by McCormick Place set for early 2015 construction

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (McPier), which owns and operates McCormick Place, reached a settlement with IDOT that will pay McPier $3 million for easements of parking lots that currently include pillars that support the ramps.

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Vote 2014: 1st Congressional District

Tillman previously ran unsuccessfully for the board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. His mother, Dorothy, was a 3rd Ward Chicago alderman, and his father, Jimmy, a physician. For more information, log on to ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Housing Activists Criticize Emanuel's Management Of CHA At Anti ...

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was at a pricey downtown breakfast event on homelessness, city housing activists and homeless families protested outside Thursday morning citing the mayor's "failure to support reform of the Chicago Housing Authority.".

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Rauner and Blacks—More than a Marriage of Convenience?

At Rauner's primary victory party last March, Israel stood next to Rauner on stage, one of just three African Americans in a group of about one hundred. When he later encountered Democratic County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, he reached out to ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Daley, Segvich square off again for 11th Cook County Board seat

The veteran lawmaker and 11th Ward Democratic Committeeman said he was among those working with County Board president Toni Preckwinkle to cut the county budget by eight percent in the four years since she took office. She eliminated 2,000 jobs, ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Ex-NFL Union President Foxworth Joining NBA Players Union

Palmer is a former general secretary of EU Athletes, a federation of player unions in Europe representing more than 30 associations and 25,000 athletes. He co-founded a union for basketball players in Germany in 2005. ... The National Labor Relations ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Letter: Vote Obama cronies out of office

Ex-governor George Ryan just go out of prison. Rod Blagojevich, who replaced Ryan – in prison. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned – in prison. Under Pat Quinn, the program known as Upward Mobility provides free college educations for state ...

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