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July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Attorney returns to White House under legal siege

His political clients included Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a witness in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He also represented former Cabinet secretaries Federico Pena and Alexis Herman when they were facing investigations ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Paul Kersey: Court rebukes unions for power grab

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


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

After lucrative legal career, Eggleston returns to government at White House ...

His political clients included Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a witness in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He also represented former Cabinet secretaries Federico Pena and Alexis Herman when they were facing investigations ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Recognitions, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Technical Updates - Analyst Notes on ...

On July 1, 2014 , Bank of America Corporation ( Bank of America ) announced that Bank of America Chicago Marathon has recognized veteran business leader Jim Jenness as the fourth annual recipient of the Richard M. Daley and Maggie Daley Award.


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage

At $8.25 an hour, the state's minimum is already higher than what the federal government requires. Efforts to raise it to $10.65 an hour stalled in the Illinois General Assembly. House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said earlier this year that ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

District 30's superintendent among top income earners in Cook County

For instance, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett of Chicago Public Schools, with more than 400,00 students attending 650 schools brings in $250,000 a year. “But, her 2013-14 salary only ranks her 10th among Cook County superintendents … ,” according to the ...


July 06, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

High court's indispensable role

WASHINGTON — Two 5-4 decisions last week on the final decision day of the Supreme Court's term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today's progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism's achievement ...


July 06, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

BARRETO: Big Labor's unruly overreach

Rod Blagojevich. “Blago” is now sitting in federal prison after his conviction on corruption charges, following his attempt to “sell” Mr. Obama's former Senate seat, which he famously referred to as “golden” in an expletive-laden FBI recording ...


July 06, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Bernard Schoenburg: Father and son each leave state posts

Funny how some names keep coming up when you watch state government. Back in 2005, I wrote a story about how then-Gov. ROD BLAGOJEVICH, while pledging to bring “a new way of doing business” to the state, had hired several Democratic county ...


July 06, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Bill to Increase Boating Safety

Illinois Bovernor Patt Quinn signs legislation to increase boating safety. The three new laws expand boating safety education, awareness of water skiers and increase penalties for those who operate watercrafts under the influence. it's now a ...


July 06, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Christopher Mooney: Back to square one for Illinois pension reform

The only problem was the Illinois State Constitution. And in Kanerva v. Weems, the Illinois Supreme Court just reminded the governor and General Assembly of that. Article VIII, section 5 of the State Constitution states that: “Membership in any pension ...


July 06, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois Dems sitting on top of a cash pile

The analysis also included the eight largest campaign funds controlled by leaders of the Illinois General Assembly. The study did not look at the campaign funds of incumbent legislators and their challengers. Democrats control both houses by wide ...


July 06, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

A bank sweeping up the debris of the housing crisis

Speaking to a group of South Side real estate executives recently, Brian White, the new executive director of the Cook County Land Bank Authority, tiptoed along a delicate line: His fledgling agency can help address the pernicious problem of abandoned ...


July 06, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Where rape gets a pass

In recent months, survivors across the country have come forward about their schools' responses following violence: Some described college administrators encouraging them to take time off from school, refusing to make basic academic and housing ...


July 05, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Supreme Court holds partial-public employees cannot be forced to pay dues to a ...

In March of 2003, then-Governor Rod Blagojevich issued an Executive Order, calling for state recognition of a union as the personal assistants' exclusive bargaining representative. Several months later, the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act ("PLRA ...


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