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September 05, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Input sought on Cook County transportation plan

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the survey began in February by asking people where they lived, where they worked and what their transit priorities are. Now she says the county is seeking comments on "go-forward strategies.".


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

BGA Exclusive on Chicago Tonight

As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first term winds down, the Better Government Association is revisiting some of the major “good government” reforms introduced at the outset of his administration with an eye toward determining how much, if any, progress ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Jury continues deliberating McDonnell case

One subject of courthouse conversation today, was the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. His first trial ended with a hung jury after 14 days of deliberations. His second resulted in a conviction after the jury considered the ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City Council watchdog: Ethics cases sent to prosecutors

Allegations of criminal misconduct by Chicago aldermen are being reviewed by county, state and federal prosecutors, the City Council's internal watchdog said Wednesday. “We have cases currently pending...that hopefully will result in indictments in the ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City Council Committee Backs Expanding O'Hare Noise Commission

CHICAGO (CBS) – Aldermen have given preliminary approval to a plan to expand the panel that monitors noise problems near O'Hare International Airport. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the City Council Aviation Committee has ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel paid back $14000 in travel costs to 'make it right'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said he reimbursed the city for more than $14,000 in travel expenses “to make it right” after a Tribune story that found he spent taxpayer money on trips during which he tapped well-heeled donors for campaign ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel signing order to raise minimum wage for city contractors' employees

“This is a down payment and an effort to make sure the city of Chicago is on record to raising the minimum wage to $13 just like the president did on the national level,” Emanuel said. “We're taking the steps in the city of Chicago to make sure if you ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Fukudome lists Streeterville condo for $1.5 million

Condo once rented by former Mayor Daley sells: A 2,888-square-foot condo unit on North Michigan Avenue that former Mayor Richard M. Daley occupied as a renter until recently has sold for $2.35 million. Daley long has been a fan of the Bloomingdale's ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

UNO charter schools now target of IRS audit over bonds

Under Rangel, it moved into the lucrative charter-school business in 1998, expanding quickly with support from political figures including Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), former Mayor Richard M. Daley and Emanuel. Following the ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Checking the facts: Is Mize's "home rule" flier true?

Under home rule, the city council can act without statutory authority in many instances. A practical example of this is that a city under home rule may enact stricter zoning codes than those provided in the Illinois Statutes. However, the Illinois ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel's floor leader to take seat on O'Hare noise commission

Retiring Ald. Jim Balcer (11th) demanded a seat for his replacement — possibly former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew Patrick Daley Thompson — on the Midway Noise Commission. Officials from the city's Department of Aviation vowed to work with both of ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel finalizing police contract that includes retro pay

Emanuel is counting on the Illinois General Assembly to put off the balloon payment until 2023 to lift the sword hanging over Chicago taxpayers and avoid raising property taxes so high that it could trigger a mass exodus to the suburbs. He's also ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel signs executive order raising living wage to $13 an hour

Emanuel called it a “downpayment” on his broader promise to raise Chicago's minimum wage to $13-an-hour by 2018, no matter how the Illinois General Assembly responds to a non-binding referendum on the issue. In 1998, the City Council voted to require ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Willowbrook faces legal challenge to red-light cameras

Illinois is one of 24 states that have at least one red-light camera in operation. A ticket issued by an automated camera system is treated as a civil matter rather than a criminal offense. The usual fine is $100, but this amount usually doubles if the ...


September 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Miller: Rauner's spending, revenue plans pure fantasy

He can't shift pension costs and cap property taxes all at once without decimating the budgets of every school district in Illinois. Period. End of story. And if he doesn't muscle this local fiscal nightmare through the General Assembly in a big hurry ...


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