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October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Ex-mayor under oath in city's Millennium Park lawsuit: 'I don't know what I knew'

The sprawling downtown park, with its gleaming stainless-steel sculpture known as “The Bean,” is seen as one of his crowning achievements. Daley, though, shrugs it off. He says it wasn't even his idea to build the $475 million park, instead crediting ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Face Time with James Mrotek

What game show would you be on? “The Price is Right”. Favorite local restaurant? Tap House Bar and Grill in St. Charles. What is an interesting factoid about yourself? My second cousin through marriage is related to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Struggling to survive at Clara's Place shelter

Later, Mayor Richard M. Daley became an ally. His staff knew Kirk by name and helped her with grant applications. Eventually the spotlight faded but Kirk, 72, kept up her work in a neighborhood known for violence and despair. Unfortunately, she couldn ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Horse racing in Illinois facing another hurdle

In the most optimistic plan advanced by the racing board, the General Assembly would renew the Internet betting law and give the agency access to $725,000 to cover a shortfall leftover from the temporary expiration of the law last spring. The dollars ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Pension deal remains elusive

SPRINGFIELD—. — Despite repeated dire warnings about Illinois' public employee retirement debt, a deal to change pensions remains elusive as the General Assembly reconvenes this week with political considerations taking an upper hand over policy.

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Proposed cigarette tax would give city highest rate in nation

Emanuel wants the Illinois General Assembly to impose annual property tax increases on Chicago homeowners and businesses, but put off the balloon payment for police and fire pensions until 2023 to give the city and its unions time to hammer out ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Governor Quinn Praises Critical Vote to Move Illiana Corridor Project Forward

CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--October 17, 2013. After years of pushing to make it a reality, Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illiana Corridor Project – an innovative public-private partnership to build a much-needed, regional highway – is moving ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Cost of do-little Illinois Legislature? $260000

... for a vote in the Illinois House in the regular spring session. Lawmakers haven't said if they have found enough votes to pass the measure now. Bloomington Republican state Rep. Dan Brady suggested the General Assembly cancel some of the six days.

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

State Supreme Court strikes down Internet sales tax

The law had been backed by large bipartisan majorities in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly, including many local state lawmakers. The law also was promoted by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and some of the country's largest ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

La Casita protesters plead not guilty

“We didn't do anything wrong and so we're not going to say we're guilty of anything,” said former Whittier teacher and Chicago Teachers Union organizer Norine Gutekanst. Asked if there was concern about the December trial, Gutekanst said, “When you ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

A Quinn 'no' to UNO: Governor says no more school construction money

Gov. Pat Quinn vowed Friday not to give “any more” school construction money to the scandal-tainted United Neighborhood Organization after word surfaced this week of a federal securities probe into the clout-heavy group that's spent tens of millions of ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Gov. Patrick Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin to open March on Springfield

Chicago, IL — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) will open the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality on Tuesday, Oct. 22 with a welcome to the thousands of Illinoisans traveling to the State Capitol to call for passage ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Study Says 70 Percent of Urban Public School Students in Illinois in Poverty

In a peek behind the curtain of an increasingly stark apartheid in public school education across the country, a new study by the Southern Education Center found that 70 percent of students in Illinois who go to school in urban areas live in poverty ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Plan Commission clears way for proposed charter high school

The project still has several layers of approval to get through - from Chicago Public Schools and other city boards - before construction could begin. The high school is one of the first proposals resulting from an August request for proposals for new ...

October 19, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Joliet West High School Teacher Named Education Director of MBC Museum ...

Joliet West High School Social Studies teacher Doug Fowler was recently named Education Director of the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) in Chicago. His new position allows him to continue teaching ... He has earned numerous awards and ...

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