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April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Morning Briefing: April 1, 2014

CHICAGO — Defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco have been barred from playing for the U.S. national team by their Mexican club when the Americans face Mexico on Wednesday. Puebla refused to ... Work halted at World Cup stadium: Labor officials ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Illinois' Hennepin Canal fish kills raise environmental concerns

In September of 2008, Governor Rod Blagojevich's new budget cuts included the closing of the Hennepin Canal State Parkway on November 1, 2008. Craig Weber, the owner of a business on the north side of the canal said at that time, “The canal has been ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Labor Dispute Erupts at Perelman Jewish Day School

Ted Kirsch, president of the American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, questioned the legality of the board's actions, which he said violate the National Labor Relations Act. The act outlines and defines the rights of employees to organize and to ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Nearly 90 Percent Say Illinois, Chicago Government Is Corrupt

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich walks through a hoard of media toward his house before giving a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012, a day before reporting to prison. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images) ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Casinos Press 7th Circ. To Revive Blagojevich RICO Suit

Law360, Chicago (March 31, 2014, 2:56 PM ET) -- Four Illinois riverboat casinos urged the Seventh Circuit on Monday to revive their racketeering suit alleging former Gov. Rod Blagojevich accepted bribes to push through legislation that diverted some ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Jim Sacia: Millionaire tax? Another Mike Madigan mistake

Rod Blagojevich was successful in raising trucking license fees, Illinois lost thousands of trucking companies and upwards of 30,000-plus license fees for heavy trucks, which average more than $3,000 per semi-tractor per year. All the truckers had to ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Small shops could get 3 years to comply with plastic bag ban

Ald. George Cardenas (12 th), chairman of the City Council's Committee on Health and Environmental Protection, said the three-year time frame should be confined to retailers with less than 2,000 square feet of floor space. ... Six years ago, Finance ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Transit task force report: Dump RTA, create new oversight board

CTA President Forrest Claypool has already panned a preliminary release of the task force report. That seems to suggest he has Mayor Emanuel's support on that. And that means the plan isn't going anywhere in the General Assembly. The task force ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

City defends inaction on tree as panel OKs injury settlement

Ald. Edward Burke (14th) disagreed after the Finance Committee he chairs approved the settlement. "I don't know if they did anything wrong. [But] maybe they didn't do enough," Burke said. "The downside of going to trial in that kind of case is that ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Aldermen sign off on $5.75 million fallen tree limb settlement

Ald. Edward Burke (14th) disagreed after the Finance Committee he chairs approved the settlement. "I don't know if they did anything wrong. [But] maybe they didn't do enough," Burke said. "The downside of going to trial in that kind of case is that ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Powerful alderman endorses Shiller to run indie budget office

An influential alderman vowed Monday to get the City Council's $485,000-a-year independent budget office up and running and touted former independent Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) as the perfect choice to run it. Four months after the Chicago ... The ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Both parties need to grow up in discussing early education

Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, is mayor of Chicago. When I was young, I would accompany my father, a pediatrician, on his rounds at hospitals across Chicago. He routinely gave parents of the children he examined a short booklet he had written on how to be ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago aldermen OK $6.6 million to settle lawsuits

A key Chicago City Council committee today endorsed paying more than $6.6 million to settle two lawsuits, one for a man who spent more than three years behind bars after police allegedly fabricated his murder confession and another for a now-disabled ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago alderman now opposes his own strip club ordinance

The city aldermen who proposed allowing greater levels of nudity at Chicago strip clubs now opposes his own measure, saying it would make more changes than he wanted. “It's different than I originally intended,” said Ald. Scott Waguespack, 32nd, who ...


April 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Powerful alderman backs Helen Shiller for independent budget office

Four months after the Chicago Sun-Times disclosed that Shiller was angling for the $130,000-a-year job of City Council Financial Analyst, Budget Committee Chairman Carrie Austin (34th) emerged as Shiller's No. 1 cheerleader. “I support her 100 percent ...


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