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April 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

GUARDIAN'S FIRST 100 DAYS: Fixing deficit top job for Atlantic City mayor

Day 83: Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson names Guardian to the Atlantic County Improvement Authority Board of Commissioners. Day 91: 'We're hungry for your business,' Guardian says to Chicago as Atlantic City International Airport welcomes ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Rauner gets mixed reaction in Springfield

He said Rauner is picking up support with African-American ministers, and there will be “some major Hispanic players in the city of Chicago as well.” ... Brad Mills, a retired state worker and member of the board overseeing the Prairie Capital ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Free transfer boosts station ridership

CTA President Forrest Claypool also found the transfer fee to be an "inconvenience" for riders, the CTA said said at the time. "We think the free transfer point is increasing ridership at those stations," CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said. The Lake Red ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Rahm Emanuel's Favorite Poems

If you've ever wondered what Mayor Rahm Emanuel's favorite poems were, this Friday the Favorite Poem Project and Chicago's own Poetry Foundation will lift that veil. His favorites and those of five other Chicagoans will be featured in this national ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Blair School students visit mayor

The students had cookies and juice in his conference room, and were so impressed with “sitting in the big chairs.” Ald. Mike Zalewski helped make this unforgettable day possible and spent the morning with the students as well. Ald. Ed Burke also ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Heads up, City Hall. You have to pay for pension repairs.

The Illinois General Assembly delivered a special package Tuesday to the Chicago City Council: a pension fix that probably requires aldermen to raise property taxes — less than a year before they stand for re-election. Given the terrible finances of ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Lawmakers send Quinn city pension bill

By late afternoon, Emanuel emerged from his City Hall office to take a victory lap, though he has not reached the finish line. “Today is an important day for Chicago residents and our city's future. We are stepping up and taking on our toughest ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Outspoken Rahm Emanuel goes off-the-record when asked about Israel

The headline of the interview of Rahm Emanuel in The New Republic is: “Stark Raving Rahm: Tell us what you really think, Mr. Mayor.” The joke being that the Chicago mayor doesn't censor himself. But actually he does. From Isaac Chotiner's interview:.

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

FHFA reaches settlement with City of Chicago over vacant property lawsuit

The Federal Housing Finance Agency reached a settlement with the City of Chicago over the city's vacant property ordinances, ending a 2½ year legal battle. The FHFA, as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, sued the city on December 12, 2011, ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

City homeowners who pay less — and get less — may soon pay more

Year after year, to the applause of grateful aldermen, Mayor Richard M. Daley ruled out property tax increases. The pain may not be deferred much longer. After an attempt to get state legislators to take the burden, it looks like the task of raising ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

House, Senate Approve Chicago Pension Reform Plan

(AP) – State lawmakers on Tuesday approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for overhauling two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade. The Senate voted 31-23 in favor of the ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago: City of makers

The same tech fuel that's powering the startup boom of digital apps, platforms and commerce is also feeding the fire of “old-fashioned” manufacturing. That presents a world of opportunity for people who want to make things and to make businesses out of ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Gene Lee, Chinatown Leader, Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Embezzlement

DNAinfo/Casey Cora. CHINATOWN — Gene Lee, a former aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley and a longtime community leader, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of embezzlement and tax fraud. Lee, 65, was arrested last summer after federal prosecutors said ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Midday News Links: LaSalle County Settles Illegal Strip Search Lawsuit

LaSalle County, Ill. officials settled a lawsuit claiming a Coal City woman was illegally strip searched following a DUI arrest last year. [Tribune]; Gene Lee, a Chinatown community leader who was once deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Richard M ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

North Dakota Joins SARA; First Institutions Approved

The North Dakota University System and Indiana Commission for Higher Education announce approved institutions: Valley City State University (VCSU), Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Minot State University, Indiana State University, and ...

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