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March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City of Chicago wants to offer vacant lots in Englewood for $1

Large Lot Area – S Stewart Avenue and W Marquette Road The City of Chicago wants to sell vacant, city-owned lots on the South Side for just $1. Mayor Emanuel announced the “Large Lot Pilot Program” today. The program permits homeowners, block-clubs ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City Council needs its own budget office — ASAP

Chicago aldermen in December voted at long last to create an independent budget office to help them do their jobs. With the mayor's help they even funded it adequately, at nearly $500,000. But four months later there's no independent budget office, not ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Plan Commission approves $12.5 million Bridgeport heliport

Eleven years after former Mayor Richard M. Daley demolished Meigs Field under cloak of darkness, Chicago will soon have two places where helicopters can take off and land. The Chicago Plan Commission made sure of that Thursday by clearing for take-off ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

States investigate allegations of racehorse abuse

Two days after Illinois Republicans chose a multimillionaire as their candidate for governor, the powerful Chicago Democrat who controls the Illinois House proposed a tax on millionaires Thursday to fund the... Two days after Illinois .... The equine ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Meet the 2014 Women of Excellence

... the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She is also an alumnus of the prestigious Executive Leadership Council's Institute for Leadership Development and Research, where young leaders are hand-selected to strengthen the pipeline for developing ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Court: Eavesdropping Law Unconstitutional

“We certainly want to make sure we're proceeding in a way that's legal and that we're not violating people's constitutional rights," says Bruscato. It'll be up to the Illinois General Assembly to decide those limits. Bruscato says eavesdropping cases ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Election season driving minimum wage push

SPRINGFIELD — Two days after Republican voters nominated a wealthy political newcomer as their pick for governor, Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly resurrected talk of raising the minimum wage. Seeking to contrast their priorities with those ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Chamber of Commerce hires new CEO

Before joining the chamber in 1994, he worked on the staff of the House Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly under former Rep. Lee Daniels of Elmhurst. His selection partly reflects the growing importance of lobbying for the chamber, but Mr ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Guzzardi '09 wins Chicago primary over incumbent

Will Guzzardi '09 paved the way to becoming one of the youngest Brown alums in elected office with his victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary for a seat in the Illinois General Assembly. As he faces no Republican opponent in the November general ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CTU Wins (Tax Hike)!?

Editorial: Election results to cheer Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union onslaught against state Rep. Christian Mitchell of Chicago, who supported the pension bill, failed. Adam Johnson of Warrenville, the Illinois Education Association-backed ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Despite tough votes, most Illinois lawmakers win

Mitchell said he never wavered in his decision to vote for pension reform, despite heavy opposition from teachers unions. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is a resident of his Chicago district. "I did what I thought was right. And voters ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CTU says CPS intimidated students who opted out of ISAT testing

March 20, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The Chicago Teachers Union says CPS has intimidated some children at a school over the fact they didn't take the ISAT test. CPS says it is meeting with students, teachers and staff at Drummond Elementary to ensure ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Catholic Schools officials blast CPS' new testing for top high schools

A change in the standardized test that Chicago Public Schools is requiring for entry to selective enrollment high schools puts Catholic School students at a distinct disadvantage, according to a letter the superintendent of the city's Catholic Schools ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Midway Airport on board with automated passport control kiosks

After successfully introducing automated passport control kiosks at Chicago's O'Hare Airport last summer, the city's Department of Aviation this week is rolling out the kiosks at Midway International Airport, where the number of international arriving ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City Colleges Nursing Programs On Life Support

As work continues on a new $251-million dollar nursing facility for the City Colleges of Chicago, two of its nursing programs have been placed on probation after students failed to pass a required licensing test two years in a row. The work is being ...

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