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November 13, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

False Robocalls That Wreaked Havoc On Chicago Elections Linked To GOP ...

... hasn't revealed any additional information, the Sun Times reported that one of the callers identified himself as Jim Parrilli, a Republican committeeman for the 19th Ward who was defeated in his run for a seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation ...


November 13, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago City Council Roundup: SRO Ordinance, Treasurer Appointment & Pot ...

The Chicago City Council unanimously confirmed Emanuel's appointment of Kurt Summers, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's former chief of staff, as the city's treasurer. Summers, a senior vice-president of the investment firm Grosvenor ...


November 13, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel appointee for city treasurer wins Council OK

In between high-powered jobs in the finance industry, Summers served as chief of staff to both Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid committee and to Cook County County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Emanuel has argued that he needed “more than a ...


November 13, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Mayor Emanuel advises incoming treasurer on life-work balance

Summers served as chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle before leaving for the private sector, so he is familiar with the demands of government work. But Emanuel was moved to respond to the comments from the aldermen. lRelated ...


November 13, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Our View: Pull the plug on political highway

Not Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Even some business organizations that initially pushed hard for the road have begun to back off now that more details have emerged. Despite the sweet up-front guarantees, no obvious private sector ...


November 13, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Will Chicago Progressives Unite Behind Chuy Garcia, Rahm's 11th-Hour ...

In response, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and the board of commissioners laid out a plan to lay off more than 1,000 county workers, as well as refinance the county's debt and go after unpaid taxes. In the end, after weeks of negotiations with ...


November 12, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CTA cracks down on abuse of free, reduced-fare rides

Free transit rides offered under Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2008 to all senior citizens were scaled back in 2011 to cover just low-income seniors. Yet free rides taken by low-income people with disabilities on the CTA, Metra and Pace have soared from ...


November 12, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CTA beefs up hiring of veterans

On this Veterans Day, the CTA touted its own hiring records for veterans. In a press release, the CTA said it has hired 71 veterans so far this year. The CTA's hiring efforts add up to 358 veterans hired since President Forrest Claypool 2012, when he ...


November 12, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Ezekiel Emanuel under AMA fire for declaring desire to die at 75

Ezekiel Emanuel, the older brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a key figure in health policy circles, came under fire from fellow doctors this week for declaring in a magazine article that he wants to die at the age of 75. In the article, which ...


November 12, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Hundreds of Chicago Residents Demand Action on State Minimum Wage, $15 ...

On Tuesday, November 11th, over 800 neighborhood residents from across the city of Chicago came together to demand that elected officials listen to the voice of community members, instead of continuing to allow corporate elites to dictate city policy ...


November 12, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

City of Chicago Owed No Duty To Pedestrian Who Crossed Street Outside Of ...

Plaintiff was injured when he stepped into a pothole while crossing a city street. The pothole was about 5 inches outside of the crosswalk. The trial court held in favor of the City stating it owed no duty to plaintiff even though he was an intended ...


November 12, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

New insight into “Obama's spine,” Valerie Jarrett

First Lady Michelle Obama used to be an aide to Jarrett – both worked for former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, the eldest son of Richard J. Daley, who had been Mayor of Chicago from 1955-1976. Jarrett worked as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard ...


November 12, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel Fast Facts

1989 - Chief fundraiser and senior adviser for Richard M. Daley's campaign for mayor of Chicago. 1991-1992 - Serves as national finance director for the Clinton/Gore campaign. 1993-1998 - Serves as a senior adviser to President Clinton, including roles ...


November 12, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CPS must recover losses from toxic financial deals

Now we learn from a Chicago Tribune expose that what we have been saying all along is true: CPS got ripped off by banks for the last 10-plus years. Nearly two years ago, the Chicago Teachers Union and a coalition of community and labor organizations ...


November 12, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Northwestern faculty train Chicago Public Schools principals through program

Northwestern is helping develop leadership skills in high-performing Chicago Public Schools principals through a one-year training program provided by NU faculty. Faculty from the School of Education and Social Policy and the Kellogg School of ...


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