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October 15, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Pension reform; ADM update; 10th District fundraising

Chances that the Illinois General Assembly will pass pension reform in its upcoming veto session appear to be dimming. It's far too early for the fat lady to sing. But partisan differences have surfaced on the legislative conference committee that is ...


October 15, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

The real costs of gun crimes

The Illinois legislature is considering a proposed law that would increase the mandatory minimum prison sentence for having an illegal gun to three years and would require people serve at least 85 percent of their sentence. Some people are ...


October 15, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Our View: Illinois Legislature, meet Congress

If those running state government want to see their 5 percent — if that — approval rating future, they need look no further than the GOP U.S. House, particularly if they cannot get their act together on pension reform. If Republicans own the ...


October 15, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn among speakers at Illinois march for marriage on equality

CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn will open the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality on Tuesday, Oct. 22 with a welcome. He will be followed by speakers that represent the breadth and depth of the equal marriage coalition in Illinois. All speakers will ...


October 15, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois politicians take constituents' questions on Affordable Care Act

Gabel said the Illinois General Assembly hopes to approve a similar bill by 2015 or 2016 at the latest. She urged attendees to ask their elected representatives to support it. The panel also highlighted Illinois' Medicaid expansion, federal subsidies ...


October 15, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

New DePaul University arena to anchor hotel, retail development

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority voted unanimously to give the $7.2 million design contract to the Pelli firm. One big reason for the $173-million arena: to add needed concert and meeting space to McCormick Place. The other big rationale ...


October 15, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Preckwinkle says race, class, impacts inmates in county jail system: Mitchell

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is waging a courageous battle to reduce the Cook County jail population. Last year, Preckwinkle set a goal of cutting inmate rolls by 10 percent, a number that would have saved taxpayers $5 million. She didn ...


October 14, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

De Blasio against campaign donation hikes — unless they benefit him

“Its effect will be that . . . few if any unions will be treated as affiliated,” a labor lawyer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees wrote after reviewing the proposed bill's draft language in March 2005. “So, in that ...


October 14, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Blagojevich Attorneys Ask For More Time For Appeal

A federal appellate court has given prosecutors more time to prepare their brief in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions. Blagojevich filed the appeal in July, asked the appellate court to toss his convictions or at least ...


October 14, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Promotion cost Cicero commander 2nd pension, but he's happy

Rod Blagojevich has lost out on a second pension that could have boosted his income even higher after the Chicago Sun-Times reported on his recent promotion to the rank of commander at the Cicero Police Department. The good news about the promotion: ...


October 14, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley and brother Bill Daley sit down with Rick

... Kogan talking to the Daley brothers during a fundraiser for the Gary Comer Youth Center (Handout). Rick Kogan recently interviewed former Mayor Richard M. Daley and his brother Bill Daley to talk about what it was like to grow up in the Daley ...


October 14, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

College Notes

College financial aid information sessions will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. by representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The event is intended for high school juniors and seniors and their parents ...


October 14, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Automatic cuts are latest hurdle

Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, told reporters that the two sides are roughly $70 billion apart, the difference between the $1.058 trillion Senate budget amount and the $988 billion envisioned by House Budget Committee ...


October 14, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

U. of C. study bolsters call for stiffer firearms sentences: police supt.

Michael Zalewski (D-Chicago) introduced the legislation earlier this year, but it stalled in the General assembly. Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association in Illinois, said he remains opposed to the legislation because he's ...


October 14, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Weekend in Review: Marathon record; pension deal close?

With the Illinois legislature's fall veto session a week away, an Associated Press survey of a special 10-member committee tasked with finding a solution to the state's enormous public pension shortfall found that half the members, all Democrats ...


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