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December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Duly Noted: Harness horse racing tracks' road to Chapter 11 started with ...

Illinois' two harness horse racing tracks have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move directly related to a multimillion-dollar judgment against the tracks' ownership in a suit over ties to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. That suit contained allegations ...


December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Chicago gave hundreds of high-risk kids a summer job. Violent crime arrests ...

A couple of years ago, the city of Chicago started a summer jobs program for teenagers attending high schools in some of the city's high-crime, low-income neighborhoods. The program was meant, of course, to connect students to work. But officials also ...


December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Muncie's top stories in 2014

He was later a professor, dean and vice president for research at UNLV and a professor and provost at the Edwardsville campus of Southern Illinois University. β€œHe's got lots of experience, an easy demeanor and works well with people,” trustee Tom ...


December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Some have recouped millions from risky type of debt that plagues CPS

In the wake of the Tribune series, the Chicago Teachers Union and other advocacy groups have called on CPS to try to recoup money from its auction-rate deals. A report last month by the New York City -based Roosevelt Institute , a liberal think tank ...


December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Some have recouped millions from risky type of debt that plagues CPS

The auction-rate market collapse forced CPS to pay additional interest costs that reached more than $3 million per month β€” nearly the annual budget of some CPS elementary schools. The school district eventually was able to refinance the bonds, but at ...


December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Risky CPS debt raises questions about SEC protections for governments

Banks also kept government borrowers like Chicago Public Schools in the dark, according to interviews and court claims. But governments got almost nothing from the SEC settlement, even though the SEC is charged with making sure banks deal fairly not ...


December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

The Santa Monica Mirror's 2014 Year-In-Review.

The Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved on May 27 a Memorandum of Understanding with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (Metro) to operate the Expo Line from Olympic and Centinela to just shy of the Santa Monica Pier.


December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Biggest Cloud-Seeding Experiment Yet Only Sparks More Debate

"It confirms what we already thought," said Thomas Ryan, of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a consortium that delivers drinking water to 19 million people. Cloud seeding is just one tool for getting more water to a population ...


December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Year in Review: Look back at the Berwyn area's biggest stories

... the Depot District fail, troubles for homeowners can follow. Berwyn homeowners with recurring basement flooding have grown weary of cleaning up after heavy rains and wanted answers from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and Berwyn ...


December 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Cleveland picked to host 2016 Republican convention, LeBron James ...

July 22: The Federal Aviation Administration orders airlines in the U.S. not to fly to Israel for 24 hours due to potential hazards from the conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip, after a rocket falls a mile from the Ben Gurion International Airport ...


December 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

2014: Year in Review for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and ...

WHIAAPI Executive Director Kiran Ahuja facilitates an armchair dialogue with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in front of an audience of over 1,000 students at the 2014 East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference, February 21, 2014.


December 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joan Rivers: Obits 2014

Richard Cunniff, 91. Co-founder in 1970 of New York-based Sequoia Fund, which often beat market benchmarks by taking large stakes in a few companies and holding onto them for many years. Died March 23 of complications from congestive heart failure ...


December 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Meeting earlier this year did not violate Open Meetings Act

A meeting conducted in June did not violate the Open Meetings Act. County officials learned that earlier this week when a decision from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office was received. Read the full story in the print edition or by ...


December 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Federal Appeals Court Backs Protections for Central Valley Salmon

Other plaintiffs in the case include the Stockton East Water District, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Oakdale Irrigation District, South San Joaquin Water District, Kern County Water Agency, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta, an ...


December 26, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

McHenry County Board to begin rules review

The March referendum leaves the Lake County Board the last remaining one in the Chicago area that selects its own chairman. While voters in Kane and DuPage counties directly elect the chairman, Cook County voters elect a board president, and Will ...


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