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October 27, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Andrew Broy: Chicago's charter public schools prove what is possible for our ...

The newly released report on Chicago charter school performance by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity fails to provide accurate information at a critical time for public schools in Chicago. Unfortunately, the report is simply the latest in a ...


October 27, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

CTA to freeze fares, add train service in 2015

It's probably no coincidence that the good-news budget comes just as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who appoints a majority of the Chicago Transit Authority board, prepares to seek re-election. Indeed, in a statement from the agency describing the budget, Mr.


October 27, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Grant Gives South Austin Elementary School Play Area Green Makeover

"I came out here just a week-and a-half ago to check it out, and the kids were having a ball," said Barbara McGowan, commissioner and vice president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. “There are no losers today, everyone ...


October 27, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Tollway project in south suburbs and Indiana losing some traction

A number of Chicago-area politicians, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, oppose the road. Preckwinkle said IDOT is underestimating the costs of the Illiana and the project potentially sucks scarce ...


October 27, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Durbin pushes gun-control record

Raoul and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined Durbin at his press conference. But Oberweis spokesman Dan Curry said Durbin was pushing one more gun-control measure that doesn't work. “Dick Durbin has utterly failed the ...


October 27, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Governor Quinn Announces New Affordable Housing Units for Veterans

CHICAGO –-(ENEWSPF)--October 26, 2014. Governor Pat Quinn today announced new veteran rental housing developments to ensure Illinois veterans have access to safe, quality and affordable housing. The new veteran housing developments in the ...


October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Early voting, absentee ballots trending higher in McHenry County

Rod Blagojevich. Quinn beat Brady by about 32,000 votes, carrying only Cook and three downstate counties. About 47.2 percent of the county's registered voters cast ballots in 2010. The governor's race and an equally contentious race for county sheriff ...


October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Higher pay for disabled workers a double-edged sword

Among them are hundreds of nonprofit federal contractors that employ more than 50,000 workers with disabilities, according to ACCSES, a Washington-based trade group. Companies ... Only about 20 percent of adults with disabilities are in the labor force.


October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Japanese hospitals battle for survival

Almost three-quarters of clinics are losing money, a survey by the Japan Hospital Federation shows, and the government is cutting payouts to institutions due to budgetary constraints even as costs remain high, KPMG says. "The sector is getting lean ...


October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois and the Dangers of Democratic Rule

On one side is the incumbent Quinn, an affable Springfield fixture who made his name as a reformer and gadfly, only to become governor when Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office before going to prison. On the other is Bruce Rauner, ...


October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Take Back Chicago Website Gives 'People's Score' To Chicago Aldermen

A new website, Take Back Chicago, allows voters to see where their alderman stand on a variety of progressive issues, measures how much of the time they vote with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and ultimately assigns a 'people's score' on a scale of zero to 100.


October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois governor works to defend 'reformer' image

Quinn left Walker's administration in 1975, and became a political organizer who helped push through a constitutional amendment cutting the number of lawmakers in the General Assembly; a similar grassroots push for term limits years later was found ...


October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Thomas Suddes commentary: Ohio would be better off with fewer statewide ...

The attorney general (Republican Mike DeWine, challenged by Democrat David Pepper) is the state's lawyer. In 1911 ... Two-time Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson, one of those rare Illinois governors who didn't go to jail, said the “the ...


October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Southern Illinois residents rally, wait for fracking

A spokesman at the Department of Natural Resources said the agency took “very seriously the rule-making responsibility set forth by the Illinois General Assembly, and we respect the right of citizens to participate in their government.” In a statement ...


October 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Guest view: Horse racing offers bigger impact in Illinois than casinos

In seven months, June 2015, without any legislative help from the Illinois General Assembly, Maywood Park, one of Chicago's four racetracks, will be the first to close its doors -- a racetrack that has been in business since 1946, a business that has ...


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