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June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Sheila Bair: Fighting Battles Old + New

Plus the government has taken on all this new risk, particularly from the Federal Housing Administration, the FHA. I'm very worried about some of ... But they take away authority from the Federal Reserve and the FDIC for some of the emergency maneuvers ...

June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Mayor Emanuel Kicks Off The Chicago Summer Of Learning And Earning 2014

This summer, more than 215,000 learning opportunities and jobs are available to Chicago's young people through One Summer Chicago, Rahm's Readers, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority, and more than 120 ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago doesn't have to rubber-stamp the Lucas Museum

And Alderman Will Burns said: "The Lucas Museum will be a great addition to Chicago's popular museum campus." And Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, said: "This is a major win for Chicago and our workers." And Alderman ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago's top chefs join Ald. Ed Burke to urge limits on antibiotic use

Ald. Ed Burke proposed a resolution to support antibiotic restriction bills in Congress and restaurateur Ina Pinkney (left) is among the restaurant community's biggest supporters of limitations on antibiotic use. The City Council Wednesday is expected ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Did caregivers in Illinois ever back a union in the first place?

Is there reason to think that the process might have been tainted? Yes, there is: Rod Blagojevich, now serving time in federal prison on corruption charges, was Illinois governor at the time and close ally of the state branch of SEIU. The union has ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: George Lucas museum a boon for the city

The addition of 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas' museum of art and movie memorabilia to Chicago will give the city a museum campus as impressive as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday.

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Ald. Ed Burke unveils ideas to honor former Mayor Jane Byrne

On the eve of his prostate cancer surgery, Ald. Ed Burke did not forget to honor the forgotten legacy of an ailing former Mayor Jane Byrne. Burke, who had rescheduled his cancer surgery to accommodate a Wednesday City Council meeting — he hasn't ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago City Council Passes Strict Gun Store Law

The Chicago City Council, forced by a federal judge to allow gun sales in the city, approved an ordinance Wednesday that dramatically limits where those stores can open and puts owners on alert that the city will be looking over their shoulders every ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago Aldermen Question Movie Museum Location

Print. By Alex Keefe. Some aldermen are raising concerns about building a George Lucas movie museum along Chicago's Lakefront. Credit city of Chicago. The museum could house art and memorabilia from Star Wars, Indiana Jones and other Lucas Films.

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago City Council Roundup: Gun Shops, Phone Taxes & SROs

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an ordinance to allow gun shops to open in limited parts of the city. The ordinance comes in response to a January ruling from a federal judge, who said Chicago's ban on gun sales "goes too ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Electric bills going up for some Chicagoans

A new deal between the City of Chicago and Integrys Energy Services will add charges to the electric bills of many Chicago residents starting this month. Integrys customers will pay an extra $22.36 a month if they live in a house and $9.06 if they live ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

'Food Bus' works to feed children in need - FOX 32 News Chicago

Wednesday, the bus made a stop at the Richard M. Daley Library, where dozens of children were waiting. It's estimated that during summer, without the school assistance of breakfast and lunch, a household budget goes up by about $300 a month. That's a ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Don't put the George Lucas museum on the lakefront

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no right to commit to the building of the George Lucas museum on lakefront Chicago Park District property. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley had his delusion of a children's museum for Grant Park rejected. At one time Grant Park had ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Aldermen To Weigh Potential Honors For Former Mayor Byrne

Though she didn't mention former Mayor Richard M. Daley by name, Kathy Byrne suggested the city might not have honored her mother until now, because Jane Byrne and Daley were political rivals, and Daley ran the city for 22 years. “No one wants to do ...

June 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Mayor's plan to drive up phone surcharge by 56 percent

The telephone tax was originally imposed to bankroll construction of Chicago's 911 center, only to fall short after massive overruns on the $217 million project. Ultimately, former Mayor Richard M. Daley was forced to saddle another generation of ...

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