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October 06, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

A Texas union stands with Salaita

THE DELEGATES of the Texas State Employees Union (TSEU) general assembly on September 28 unanimously approved a resolution in support of Steven Salaita, the professor who was fired by University of Illinois in response to his public remarks ...

October 06, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn, Martin Sheen tout minimum-wage hike

The two attended Mass together at St. Pius V. Parish in the Pilsen neighborhood. Then they held a news conference, advocating for one of Pat Quinn's campaign cornerstones: a non-binding referendum asking voters if the minimum wage should be increased ...

October 06, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

How Often Does Sewage Flow Into the Chicago River? 61 Days and Counting

Is There Sewage in the Chicago River? actually draws not on the Data Portal, but directly on information found on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District site, which puts out alerts on what's called "combined sewer overflow events." "I think the ...

October 06, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

City takes another step toward green parking lot

22 City Council meeting, aldermen authorized City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District on the project. The district is contributing a $750,000 grant to go with the $500 ...

October 06, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

CTA Workers Completing LGBT Discrimination Training as Part of Mandate

The training was designed by the Civil Rights Agenda in collaboration with the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University at Chicago, Affinity Community Services and Illinois States School Alliance. Martinez has been working with the CTA for three ...

October 06, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

New questions about clout in Quinn's anti-violence program

Mr. Ocasio left the governor's office in May of 2011, assuming a new post at the Illinois Housing Development Authority. While still in the office, he had strongly lobbied in emails for NRI funds for Hispanic groups and arranged a meeting with Mr ...

October 06, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Crucial vote looms on controversial toll road

Last year, Quinn won the battle by rounding up enough political support to stave off opposition from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, among others. Peter Skosey is executive vice president of the ...

October 05, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Emanuel's brother sparks debate: Are you better off dead after a certain age?

And then Ezekiel Emanuel -- Chicago native and the older brother of Mayor Rahm -- a well-known bioethicist and former Obama adviser, explained why he wants to die at the not-so-old age of 75. Emanuel's provocative essay has inspired a range of ...

October 05, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner invokes former Indiana governor in bid to topple Quinn

Frustrated with Illinois' sluggish recovery from the Great Recession and angry over the policies of a state government dominated by Democrats, the Republican businessman from Winnetka said he tried unsuccessfully to get other people to run for the ...

October 05, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

WIU trustees OK FY15,16 budgets at meeting

Only 60 percent of the students who graduate from high school here in the state of Illinois stay in the state, but we have various programs put in place, like the Western Commitment Scholarship, the mentoring program, the (University) 100 course to ...

October 04, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Employers Add 248000 Workers in September

American businesses added 248,000 jobs in September after taking on 180,000 in August, which was higher than previously reported, according to figures from Labor Department released Friday. ... Some workers are starting to move from one job to another ...

October 04, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

INN Radio Weekend Edition, October 3

Residential property tax rates in Chicago have risen by more than thirty-percent over the past decade while other selected communities in Cook County jumped at least fifty-five-percent … that's according to a new report from The Civic Federation.

October 04, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Many streams of cash flow to legislative races

From the education world, the Colorado Education Association has given $100,000, the American Federation of Teachers $50,000 and Education Reform Now $85,000. (That last group connected to Democrats ... including $720,708 to Citizens Alliance. In turn ...

October 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois retail group won't make endorsement in governor's race

The two exceptions were IRMA's endorsements of Rod Blagojevich in 2002 and 2006. Blagojevich is serving time in prison on corruption charges. The news release said “Governor Quinn was recognized for his leadership in beginning the process of ...

October 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Column: The GOP's mug-shot primary

There hasn't been this much corruption around the table at the National Governors Association since Rod Blagojevich dined alone. This doesn't necessarily mean governors, or other politicians, are more corrupt than they used to be; there has always been ...

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