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June 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoes legislation limiting Freedom of Information Act ...

Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would've made it more difficult for members of the public to obtain large numbers of records under the Freedom of Information Act. Quinn vetoed the measure Friday. It was sponsored by House Majority Leader Barbara ...

June 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Quinn vetoes bill that would limit Freedom of Information Act requests

Gov. Pat Quinn took the advice of good-government groups and vetoed a bill that would place extra burdens, and in some instances costs of up to $100, on people filing Freedom of Information Act requests.

June 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Attorney General: Carbondale Fire Station Not Up to Code

A spokesperson for the Illinois Attorney General told News 3 their office originally contacted Carbondale nearly a year ago about possible violations at the fire station. She said their job is to ensure that all public buildings comply with state and ...

June 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Karen Lewis Discusses Possible Mayoral Run

Chicago Teacher's Union president Karen Lewis spoke Friday about the possibility about running for Chicago mayor in 2015. NBC 5 first reported Thursday that Lewis met with election attorneys about a possible run. Lewis is out of town, but spoke via ...

June 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Pat Quinn signs new anti-bullying legislation

(KTVI) – Stopping bullies in their tracks. A new Illinois law aims to keep the peace in and out of classrooms. Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation Thursday. It gives schools more specific requirements for their anti- bullying policies. Schools ...

June 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

CTPF receives more than $585M from Chicago Board of Education

The Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF) received more than $585 million earlier today, completing the $612.5 million required contribution from the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) for the 2014 fiscal year. "This is an important step. This payment ...

June 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Penn Undergraduate Re-envisions Chicago Study of Urban Schools' Built ...

This summer, with the assistance of the University Scholars program at Penn, the rising junior has begun a two-year research project on the environmental factors that can affect public schools and how community organizations can improve the quality of ...

June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

The Forgotten Story of the Freedom Schools

... the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman John Lewis, then chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), wrote that the objective of Freedom Summer was to “force a showdown between the local and federal government. ... Schools that ...

June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Summers in governor's race

The Green Party received 10 percent of the vote in the 2006 gubernatorial election in a race between Democrat Rod Blagojevich and Republican Judy Baar Topinka, but received only 2.7 percent of the vote in 2010. Also filing for the governor and ...

June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Supreme Court rejects abortion clinic buffer zone in nuanced ruling

It was the first time the Supreme Court had revisited the abortion issue since 2007, when sharply divided justices upheld a federal law banning so-called partial-birth abortions. That decision gave states ... But its decision cast some doubt on less ...

June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Park Ridge City Council to consider O'Hare noise referendum July 7

The question is based on one presented by the city's O'Hare Airport Commission. A desire to ask voters an O'Hare-related question was based in part on the Chicago City Council's decision to place a referendum on the November ballot asking if Congress ...

June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Burke to sit out Lucas museum debate to avoid conflict

Ald. Edward Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee, is the husband of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke. If Friends of the Park follows through on its threat to file a lawsuit blocking the project, the appeal could go ...

June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago Aldermen Pass Rahm Emanuel's Gun Control Plan 48-0

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to allow gun stores to exist "in only about half of a percent of Chicago's geographic area" got the go ahead on June 25. City Alderman voted 48-0 in favor of the plan. According to the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel's rules ...

June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Aldermen may agree to follow 'do not hire' ban

A Chicago alderman has put forward a proposal he says is the first step toward requiring the City Council to agree not to rehire city employees fired for misconduct. Ald. Patrick O'Connor, 40th, introduced a resolution to the City Council this week ...

June 27, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Moments in Time: 10 Years of Millennium Park History

Although the idea for a park over the Illinois Central Railroad tracks, east of Michigan Avenue in Grant Park, had been batted around since 1977, it was Mayor Richard M. Daley who was inspired in 1997 to make it happen. He had grown tired of looking ...

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