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February 13, 2014 @ 6:04 AM

Cook County looking at e-cigarette rules

Sellers of electronic cigarettes in much of suburban Cook County would have to move them behind the counter just like ordinary smokes under new regulations a county commissioner wants to make law. County Board member Jeffrey Tobolski, D-McCook, ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Governor Rod Blagojevich's Defense Attorney Compares Chris Christie's ...

I interviewed top 100 defense attorneys in America-ranked Chicago attorney Sam Adam Jr., who defended former governor Rod Blagojevich, on my radio show, asking him to compare the Blagojevich case with Chris Christie's situation, from a defense and ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Union groups launch anti-Rauner ads

Another newly formed union-backed PAC chaired by Jorge Ramirez, chairman of the Chicago Federation of Labor, has reported giving more than $300,000 to another campaign fund formed to oppose Rauner in the GOP primary. Rauner's campaign sent a ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Another family with dreams of a dynasty

Not like, say, that time a short while ago when 33rdWard Ald. Dick “Old Gringo” Mell stepped down and Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed one of Mell's daughters to the City Council. ... “You've got to help your kids,” he says, “but I'm not Ed Burke. I'm not ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Chicago May Ban Horse Drawn Carriages

“Carriage rides have outlived their usefulness in Chicago,” said Edward Burke, the City Council's most powerful alderman, in a press release. “I would argue it is an unsafe and obsolete tradition that our ... “Ald. Burke will spur an important debate ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Rahm Emanuel to propose ordinance prohibiting new petcoke facilities

Mayor Emanuel will propose an ordinance at next month's City Council meeting that will prohibit new petcoke facilities from opening anywhere in Chicago, and will stop existing facilities from expanding. The zoning ordinance will be co-sponsored by Ald.

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Manley Promotes Scholarship for 'Mature Women' Pursuing Higher Ed

COWL is a not-for-profit organization and a bipartisan coalition of women legislators in the Illinois General Assembly. Funds for the scholarship program are raised through private fundraisers held throughout the year, not through taxpayer dollars ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Make that a three-person race

Blake's supporters asked him to submit his credentials to fill a vacancy in the Illinois General Assembly's 78th House District. During his presentation, I learned that Blake was raised by a strong single mother in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, went ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Homewood extends contracts in push for casino

Both contracts originally were approved by Homewood municipal officials last year, and Hofeld said they likely will be renewed each year until the General Assembly and an Illinois governor come to agreement on whether, and how, casinos should be ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

DePaul Students, Faculty Take Stand Against Planned Arena

"This partnership with the city and the MPEA (Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority) will negatively affect DePaul's reputation as a leader in social justice," expressed Jonathan Slater, 21, a senior Political Science and Arabic double major at ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Midway last, O'Hare near bottom for on-time flights in December

Midway Airport finished dead last both for on-time arrivals and departures among major American airports for December 2013 — with O'Hare International Airport also near the bottom in both categories, according to just-released U.S. Department of ...

February 12, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Oberman picked to chair Metra board

That move came after months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering by the elected officials who appoint Metra directors: the Chicago mayor, Cook County Board members, the Cook County Board president and the five chairmen of the Collar County boards.

February 11, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

St. Paul teachers union sets Feb. 24 strike vote

The St. Paul Public Schools district has balked at St. Paul Federation of Teachers proposals to cap class sizes and set staffing levels for counselors and other support professionals in a two-year contract. The two sides have also not agreed on a ...

February 11, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Job trend look promising, despite slow U.S. job growth

"Career Development and wage growth often involve switching employers to move up a job ladder," Steven Davis, an economist at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, told the Journal. "Despite weak jobs reports in December ... The trends ...

February 11, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Wisconsin Moving to Advance ALEC Constitutional Convention Scheme

... grassroots support if they joined this effort to amend the federal constitution,” said Rep. Chris Taylor, a Madison Democrat who attended ALEC's Annual Meeting in Chicago last summer, in a statement. ... Citizens for Self Governance seeks to use ...

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