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April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Fioretti rips Emanuel, sounds like a candidate for mayor

That is, if Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the mayoral challenger City Hall fears most, decides not to run. “Clearly, the polls support her. There have been quite a few serious polls that have been done that say that Toni could beat him ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Public housing program to provide second chances

Emanuel and Michael Merchant, director of the Chicago Housing Authority, voiced support March 28 for the Reentry Project, contending that the CHA's strict ban on occupants with criminal records limits their ability to find housing. Under the pilot, 30 ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Woman alleges housing voucher discrimination in pricey Chicago buildings

Tens of thousands of Chicago families rent in the private market using a housing voucher. Renters with vouchers only have to pay a portion of their rent. The Chicago Housing Authority administers the program and picks up the rest. CHA has been ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Tom Kacich: Magazine examines Callis' campaign narrative

I remember Rod Blagojevich's tear-inducing tale of how his father worked at a Chicago steel mill. Rod didn't have it so tough, ... His biggest donors, though, are his Democratic Senate colleagues and labor unions. Frerichs got $50,000 ... Don Harmon, D ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

GOP happy Madigan pulled plug on 'millionaire tax' proposal

Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, returned to Illinois from his school job out east and promptly started working as a consultant at a company headed by Rod Blagojevich's former budget chief. The opinions expressed are the writer's. Kurt Erickson is ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

The Most Important Social Conflicts of 2013

Although the Occupy Wall Street Movement and a few large labor conflicts of 2011 and 2012—the occupation of the state capitol in Wisconsin, and the Chicago Teachers Union strike—had suggested a rising trajectory of social struggle, in the past year ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Private money, public projects: More US states doing deals

Facing a budget crisis in late 2008, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley leased the city's meters for 75 years to a private company for about $1.2 billion. Parking rates and citizen complaints soared. Months later the city's inspector general found that the ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Foam blocks form hilly landscape at Maggie Daley Park site

A soft opening for the $55 million park, named for the late wife of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, is scheduled for fall, and the park will be officially completed by spring 2015. A park district website, features two ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Alumni power: How does DePaul compare in TIME's Most Influential Schools?

DePaul has a score of 30.9 with politicians like former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley and Alderman Ed Burke of Chicago's 14th Ward topping the list. Pete Wentz, Gillian Anderson and John C. Reilly also make the list. Compared to our neighbors to the ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Afghanistan election marked by fraud complaints

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) [official website] said on Sunday that there have been more more incidents of serious fraud reported in the April presidential election than the previous election in 2009, when ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Kim supports CPS arts education plan

CPS' Arts Education Plan was approved by the Chicago Board of Education in 2013, making arts education a core subject in grades K–12. The initiative was introduced in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan, which granted CPS $500,000 to ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Keep It Brief, Commencement Speakers! No One Will Remember Anyway

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg will urge graduates at City Colleges of Chicago to lean in and listen. But will anyone actually remember what they say? Hal Wilde thinks it's unlikely. Wilde was president of North Central College in Illinois for more ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

BGA Public Eye: Clout Questions at CTA, RTA and CHA

Darlena Williams-Burnett, wife of Chicago Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th), just ended up with a plum job at the Chicago Housing Authority, overseeing the agency's office leases and fleet of vehicles. Mayor Rahm Emanuel controls the CHA, and Ald. Burnett ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Milwaukee pilot project offers prostitutes help instead of arrest

... pilot project is still being studied, but officials are encouraged by the numbers. Milwaukee officials have consulted with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's justice advisory council, which is considering a similar project. asweeney ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Private Money, Public Projects: More US States Doing Deals

Student housing, courthouses, jails, parking garages and community centers are all trying out versions of such pacts. ... "Chicago is the worst-case scenario, and every mayor in the country knows about it," said David Cohen, executive director of the ...

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