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October 09, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Judge tosses Cook Co.'s tax on out-of-county purchases

At least two lawsuits accuse the county of illegally imposing a value-based tax not authorized by the state Legislature. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has argued the tax falls within the county's home-rule powers. The Cook County Board ...


October 09, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Judge turns thumbs down on Preckwinkle business tax

Days before her 2014 budget address, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's bid to balance this year's spending plan took a hit Tuesday when a judge ordered the county to stop collecting a tax on certain big-ticket items purchased outside the ...


October 09, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Emanuel, Preckwinkle say $37 million saved by working together

Just in time for budget season, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said they have identified another $37 million in savings and revenue they can get by working together, bringing the two-year total to $70.9 ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Mayor Emanuel steers clear of Burke's controversial tax appeals biz

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday steered clear of the controversy posed by Ald. Edward M. Burke's public role as chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee and the $3.6 million that Burke's private law practice has cost the city by winning property ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

City Of Chicago Revises Guidance On Application Of Personal Property Lease ...

On August 6, the City of Chicago (City) Department of Finance released revised guidance on the application of the Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (Lease Transaction Tax) to the use of computers and computer software in Chicago, amending ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

City To Host Food Truck Rally On Friday

CHICAGO (CBS) – The City of Chicago has planned what it calls a “Food Truck Rally” for Friday, to raise awareness of the emerging food truck industry. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the event will bring eight food trucks to ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

City of Chicago spending $50M to reduce storm flooding risk

October 7, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Good news for Chicagoans who live in flood-prone areas: the city is making a $50-million investment in water infrastructure to improve storm water management. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says the new effort will ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Governor Quinn Celebrates Latino Inventors, Trailblazers

CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--October 7, 2013. Creators of the ballpoint pen, hydrogen battery and “victory lap” are just a few of the Latino “Inventors, Innovators and Trailblazers” being celebrated by Governor Pat Quinn in an exhibit that opened today in the ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn says more layoffs possible with shutdown

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues more state workers will be laid off whose paychecks come from federal funding. Illinois has already issued nearly 100 such temporary layoffs. They include employees with the ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

No Aid, No Problem

As a result, research shows that colleges that remain on the outside of Title IV, which is the law governing federal aid programs, generally are less expensive than their counterparts. For example, UniversityNow spends ... In 2005 the company lost ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

LOCAL JOBS: Bank Teller, Gift Shop Assistant Manager, Insurance Agent and ...

Richard J. Daley College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago, has an opening for director of financial aid. The job description says that this role, "is responsible for college-wide financial aid operations and the administration of federal and state ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago's Investment in Cleaner, Greener Water

That may or may not be completely accurate, but we are hopeful that, once we sort through the fine print, it will be a whole lot stronger than the anemic offering that the regional water regulators, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Horner Park plan good for community

What gets lost in the argument is that if this project does not get implemented, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will need to take more drastic measures, such as installing sheet piling and riprap which will surely cause loss of trees ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Preckwinkle wants to cut off nearly free insurance for Cook Co. judges

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle fired another shot at Cook County's Chief Judge Timothy Evans Monday, proposing to cut off the nearly-free health insurance the county offers to judges. Thanks to an obscure state law, circuit court judges ...


October 08, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Preckwinkle wants Cook County judges to pay all their health premiums

Preckwinkle will present the proposal to the county board later this week. Circuit court judges earn $182,429 a year from the state of Illinois but also receive $500 in income from Cook County. They pay a percentage of their health care costs based on ...


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