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March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Boykin Wins Crowded Democratic Race For Cook County Board's 1st District Seat

Fueled by more than $100,000 of his own money and the backing of Congressman Danny Davis (D-Chicago), Richard Boykin won the hotly contested race for the Cook County Board's Democratic nomination in the 1st District. We provide a closer look at the ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Prison, indictment no bar to victory in Illinois primary: experts

In 2009, Quinn replaced fellow Democrat Rod Blagojevich, who was removed from office and is serving a 14-year sentence for political corruption. Businessman Bruce Rauner, who has pumped $6 million of his own money into the race so far, is leading the ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Election Preview: Tensions Boil Over In The 26th District Legislative Race

Her supporters also include AFSCME Council 31, the Chicago Teachers Union, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and SEIU* Local 73, among others. ... She has since pulled in donations from the aforementioned labor groups and other supporters. But the ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Good grief: Episode of 'Good Wife' gets Blago facts wrong

The television drama “The Good Wife” has borrowed liberally from the state's corruption cases for its storylines, with the Rod Blagojevich saga typically providing the most fodder. Sunday's episode, however, misstated the facts of the disgraced ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois voters to pick GOP governor nominee

Rod Blagojevich took office in 2003, and Democrats have almost total control of other statewide offices as well as the Illinois House and Senate. Quinn, who was Blagojevich's lieutenant governor and assumed the office after his boss was booted amid a ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois primary: Venture capitalist leads GOP race for governor

Rod Blagojevich took office in 2003, and Democrats have almost total control of other statewide offices as well as the Illinois House and Senate. Quinn, who was Blagojevich's lieutenant governor and assumed the office after his boss was booted amid a ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Full Ventra Transition To Start July 1

“For the last three months Ventra has performed well overall, and is used by more than one million riders each day,” CTA President Forrest Claypool said Friday. “We have worked closely with our vendor, [Cubic Transportation Systems], to increase the ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Lawmaker Calls For European Model Of Student Loans

And all of us are going to suffer in this economy because of this crushing debt." Still, Franks isn't calling on the state to move toward that model. He merely wants Illinois' student assistance commission to analyze other states as they consider ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Bruce Rauner says he's best in GOP field to put Illinois Governor Pat Quinn ...

ROCKFORD — Saying he will put Gov. Pat Quinn “in the dust bin of the history of Illinois” on Nov. 4, Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner worked the breakfast crowd and supporters today at a packed Egg Harbor Cafe, 1603 N. Alpine Road.


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois bill could reduce number of workers eligible for overtime pay

A bill making its way through Illinois' General Assembly would loosen overtime rules, making it easier for employers to exempt workers from overtime pay. "All the bill does is make the state of Illinois policy the same as the federal policy," said Sen ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Magazine Names Hinsdale One of the Best Places to Live in Suburbs

The editors at Chicago magazine analyzed statistics from Midwest Real Estate Data, the Illinois State Board of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, and local police departments to come up with two lists, which showcases the 12 best suburbs and 12 best ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Best Places to Live

My editors and I analyzed statistics from Midwest Real Estate Data, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the police departments of Chicago and Illinois for every town in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

To keep tech talent in city, Emanuel plans startup competition

Winners of the “Chicago College Start-Up Competition” will get “full-time desks” for one year and all of the advice that comes with it at 1871, the Merchandise Mart startup center that helps connect entrepreneurs to would-be investors, mentors ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Prison, indictment no bar to victory in Illinois primary: experts

Ahead of Tuesday's vote, both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle have urged voters not to back the younger Carothers. They have endorsed another candidate, attorney Blake Sercye. But both Smith and Ford ...


March 18, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Watchdog update: Head of Cook Co. adult probation removed

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has, in the past, said the problems in adult probation stem from a “lack of management.” A county spokesman said in a statement Monday that Preckwinkle was “pleased” with the leadership changes and that the ...


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