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May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

UPDATE 1-Judge halts Illinois pension reform law due to lawsuits

Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who is defending the law, said the ruling was under review. "The goal of the pension reform law is to stabilize the pension systems. Unfortunately, this decision will likely ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn attends Obama climate task force meeting in Iowa

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has attended another meeting of President Barack Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Chicago Democrat made a stop in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday. It was the third such ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn in Iowa today for climate change panel

Pat Quinn will head to Iowa today to appear on a climate change panel he was appointed to by President Barack Obama. Quinn will join U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and others in Des Moines for a meeting of the Task Force on Climate Preparedness ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Correction: Illinois Legislature-Budget story

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In a story May 13 about a proposed state budget in the Illinois Legislature, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of a committee chaired by Rep. Greg Harris. He is chairman of the House Human Services ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Integration Slipping Since Court Decision

Diamond McCullough, 17, left, and Aquila Griffin, 18, talk about their high school education experience in Chicago as students, parents and educators rally at the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday on the 60th anniversary Brown v. Board of ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CenterPoint Plans 12-Story Data Center Next to Chicago Data Hub

The project, spearheaded by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, includes a new basketball arena for DePaul University, a 1,200-room Marriott hotel, retail space and the new server farm. The plans for the data center call for office space ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

PW water available for pot growers; St. Charles Mesa keeping moratorium

Simpson said he wrote a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation on March 27. ... At such time that they would, then we would certainly consider what they had to say,” said Jack Johnston, Chief Executive for water enterprise of Pueblo West Metropolitan ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Insurance company sues Ill. cities for climate damage

Farmers claims that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, an agency that operates the region's stormwater system, and dozens of municipalities should have drained the network of tunnels before the storm. The sprawling system ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel shrugs off dismal results of Early & Often poll

The Sun-Times poll — and County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's 26 percent showing among all voters and 40 percent among blacks — is likely to rachet up the pressure on Preckwinkle to challenge Emanuel. That's even though Emanuel is raising ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Toni Preckwinkle 'Optimistic' About Cook County Pension Deal

A spokesperson for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she's "still optimistic" about getting a pension deal passed in Springfield this month, Crain's Chicago Business reports. The maybe-mayoral candidate has reached a tentative agreement ...

May 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Preckwinkle Balks When Asked About Rahm Relationship

Mayor Rahm Emanuel walks away from a question about why someone on his campaign staff is e-mailing reporters negative stories about Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as speculation grows over whether she'll seek Rahm's job. NBC 5's ...

May 14, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Civic Federation dings Quinn budget

Chicago's Civic Federation today urged a "no" vote on Gov. ... The state also processes Medicaid applications faster than it did and has sensibly moved more patients from institutions to community settings, despite strong opposition from state labor ...

May 14, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Worldwide fast-food strike planned for May 15

This latest showdown between the embattled fast food workers labor movement and the fast food industry is an escalation of a movement that started after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. ... week, the actions of the movement were made known after a ...

May 14, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Teachers Elect Foes of Corporate Reform in Massachusetts and LA

They met again at the Labor Notes Conference in April. The topic: strategies for ... opt-out campaigns. Teachers boycotted standardized tests at Chicago's Saucedo Academy in February and at Brooklyn's International High School at Prospect Heights in May.

May 14, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

E-Mini S&P 500: Knocking on the door of $1900.00!

The optimism behind her supportive words supported the market as Yellen regaled the growth and projected growth with Federal Reserve support as the inflation and employment are still not on target. Her timing for any monetary policy ... The problem is ...

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