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March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Teachers who boycotted ISAT allowed to remain in classrooms

Creswell said that confusion has reigned in the past several days as CPS has told parents it is their right to opt their children out of the test, while the Illinois State Board of Education has said the opposite. “It's been total chaos,” Creswell said ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

McCormick Place hotel TIF money gets green light

He argued it isn't right for the city to subsidize a new hotel when the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority -- which will run it -- already collects tax revenue from existing Chicago hotels. Waguespack also said he doesn't think it's right for ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel looking at Soldier Field expansion

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the very preliminary stages of looking at a 5,000-seat expansion of Soldier Field. The mayor's office and Chicago Park District, which runs the stadium on behalf of the city, are exploring the possibility as Chicago mulls a ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Vernon Hills Park District seeks grant for expansion

Vernon Hills will apply for a Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act grant to be dispersed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The agency has a pool of $25 million to distribute, with 20 percent to be awarded to the Chicago Park ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Oak Forest park commissioners bill taxpayers for downtown conventions

The AAA four-diamond hotel in downtown Chicago has more than 2,000 guest rooms, many with a view of the city skyline. It's where Oak Forest's park district commissioners and officials have stayed when they attend the annual convention — at a cost of ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Jackson Park Visitors Center Backers to Hire Historical Expert for Project

“We worked with the Chicago Park District and the Army Corps of Engineers to find one of the best Frederick Law Olmsted experts in the country,” said Robert Karr, who is leading initiatives to bring a visitors center to the park and revamp the Osaka ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Ald. Fioretti fundraiser brings out interesting crowd

Michael Daley was quiet again in December 2012, when he emerged to witness one of his nephews get sworn in as a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner. That was right after another Daley nephew was charged criminally in the death of a ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Sercye for County Board

The essential remaking of Cook County government has been underway for three years already. And during this start of the Toni Preckwinkle era of reform and reinvention, residents of the 1st District have been on the sidelines with our do-nothing ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

March Primary: Rematch set for 39th District

Berrios is also endorsed by her father's friend and ally, Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle. Berrios insists she is her own person and not a puppet of the democratic machine. Berrios, whose mother was a teacher, is pushing to get backpacks ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Sneed: Aldermen urge airlines flying out of O'Hare to curb service to Russia

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle may be denying a report she plans to run for Chicago mayor. ◇ The flipside: “She definitely is not planning to run,” said a top Sneed source. “But if the black community in Chicago ever got organized and ...

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Boykin has 20-point lead in race for Cook County Board seat

The poll also shows that despite Blake Sercye's high-profile endorsements — including from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Secretary Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle — he is in fourth place, behind Carothers and activist Brenda Smith.

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

White House wants $1 billion put in affordable housing fund

If given budget authority, it would be the first contribution to the National Housing Trust Fund that was set up in 2008. ... Many housing advocates argue that the conditions that prompted the regulatory agency to suspend payments in 2008 no longer exist.

March 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Preckwinkle denies telling Rahm she won't challenge him, pals say

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has assured associates she never told Rahm Emanuel she would not run for mayor against him and, in fact, the door to that marquee race is not closed. “Sometimes, people hear what they want to hear,” a ...

March 04, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Jimmy Fallon Joins Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for Lake Michigan Plunge

This year Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and NBC Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon joined the daredevils taking the "Polar Bear" plunge in freezing Lake Michigan, Fallon making good on his promise to do so after a challenge Tweet sent by the Mayor.

March 04, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

EDITORIAL: Tribune endorsements for Illinois House

34th District : Two Republicans, one from Chicago and one from a small town near Bourbonnais , are running for this seat. Yes, the district stretches that far. ... Serbin is an outspoken supporter of organized labor, gay rights and recreational ...

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