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July 13, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

100 years of Rotary's great service

On July 30, the club will conduct its regular meeting at the former Hotel Pick-Ohio, where the club met all its years until 1981. The place is known today as the offices of the Youngstown Municipal Housing Authority. At the end of January 2015, they ...

July 13, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Senior housing plan moves forward in Woodridge

The Illinois Housing Development Authority awarded $1.4 million in low-income housing tax credits last month for a proposed senior living community in Woodridge. The Alden Foundation, a health care and senior living provider, will likely begin ...

July 13, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Housing authority aims to empower residents

“Our whole goal here is to change the face of Livingston County Housing Authority,” said Olsen earlier this week. “We think by showing the community that our residents are willing to go out there and help will make a difference. We want to show the ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

The unmet goal of 'Freedom Summer'

Congressman John Lewis, then chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), wrote that the objective of Freedom Summer was to "force a showdown between the local and federal government." One significant yet overlooked part of this ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

GOP: Continue State Probe Of Anti-Violence Program

Federal prosecutors have also issued subpoenas related to the program. Jim Durkin is the top Republican in the Illinois House. He says lawmakers had to go through a similar process to impeach former Governor Rod Blagojevich while the feds investigated ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

US pilots, other labor unions split on Ex-Im Bank reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On issues ranging from minimum wage to workplace rights, labor unions often speak with one voice, but the fight within Congress over reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank has created a tricky split between airline pilots and ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

AFT local battles Missouri anti-teacher tenure initiative

ST. LOUIS (The St. Louis Labor Tribune & PAI) -- American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 420 President Mary Armstrong opposes a proposed Missouri statewide ballot initiative that would limit teacher tenure and base personnel decisions primarily on ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Some lawmakers give up pay

Rod Blagojevich. “We'd be on the floor a few minutes and then recess,” Moffitt said. “Taxpayers were getting nothing for it. “ He said he thought about writing a check and sending it back to the state, but ultimately decided charity was a better route ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

900 funds? State should consolidate them

Rod Blagojevich's infamous “fund sweeps” to finance his pet projects?) creates difficulties in accounting and management. That's why Nowlan and Johnson have the following recommendation: “Reduce the number of funds with which state government ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

High court's Harris v. Quinn decision should go even further

Rod Blagojevich to allow two groups of people to be unionized: people caring for the developmentally disabled in Illinois' Medicaid program, and day-care providers for low-income children. Neither group had ever been considered state employees, and ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Millennium Park: 10 years old and an economic boon

Millennium Park, which turns 10 Wednesday, is the best thing former Mayor Richard M. Daley ever did. But as this month's titillating trial over a controversial contract for the Park Grill shows, the popular park has never fully detached itself from ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

How Sen. Alan Dixon gave us President Barack Obama

It seemed like a long shot, trying to harness the anger of base Democratic voters and overcome the party leaders — including Simon, Mayor Richard M. Daley and House Speaker Michael Madigan — who had jumped to Dixon's defense. But Braun, fueled by ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Moody's says Illinois Supreme Court casts doubt on pension reform

The 6-1 ruling on July 3 is “credit negative” for the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago, according to Moody's Investors Service in a report today. The Illinois General Assembly in May passed legislation overhauling two of Chicago's pension plans.

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Some Illinois lawmakers voluntarily giving up pay

The General Assembly has approved legislation each year sacrificing one day of pay per month since 2009. They say such legislation was impossible to enact this year after a Cook County court ruling. The court found Gov. Pat Quinn's July 2013 line-item ...

July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City officials annoyed by Carbondale Firehouse delay

The Illinois Attorney General's office sent a letter to the Carbondale Fire Chief John Michalesko and the city's Inspector Supervisor Stephen Phillips on May 20, 2013, letting them know the site of Firehouse No. 2 was under investigation by their ...

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