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October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Shutdown impact: Some national parks could reopen

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is no longer screening products at ports of entry to prevent potentially dangerous ones from reaching store shelves, such as children's products containing excessive levels of lead. ... The Department of Housing ...


October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

City of Chicago Food Truck Rally today

For all you food truck lovers, this is a great way to kick off the weekend: The City of Chicago is hosting a Food Truck Rally at Daley Plaza Friday. Organizers are calling it a “first of its kind party.” They say the goal is to make the public more ...


October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel's Campaign Fund Runneth Over A Year And A Half Ahead Of ...

Emanuel replaced his embattled public schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard with Bennett, a veteran educator and administrator whose experience in Cleveland, Detroit and New York will help take Chicago school reforms “to the next level.” (AP Photo/M.


October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Teachers Union on Rahm $5 million: 'He needs every damn dime.'

The Chicago Teachers' Union had a firm reaction to news that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has more than $5 million in the bank 16 months before his reelection: “He needs every damn dime,” said Stacy Davis Gates, political legislative director for the Chicago ...


October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn is only Illinois official working without pay

When Gov. Pat Quinn grew angry that lawmakers hadn't found a way to fix Illinois' pension crisis, he eliminated their salaries. But these days the only elected official going without pay is the governor himself. Even after a judge ruled it ...


October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Start a voucher program

My idea for rewriting the Plan of Chicago is to give each Chicago Public Schools student an annual voucher for the value of their state-provided aid that could be used to attend any licensed school in Illinois, Wisconsin or Indiana. The students could ...


October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

How to prepare Chicago students for real jobs

The Reinvention of Chicago's City Colleges is an example cited by the Tribune in its opening editorial inviting readers to submit a 2013 version of Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago. Not so long ago, the City Colleges' 7 percent graduation rate ...


October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Fixing schools to fix Chicago

That's driving a five-year plan to retool City Colleges of Chicago. Each campus focuses on a job sector and collaborates with local employers so students are ready for specific careers when they graduate. Executives from area companies help shape ...


October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Cook County Board President Preckwinkle announces 2014 budget with no new ...

The budget, according to the office, reduces unnecessary costs. "This budget reflects my administration's work over the past three years and is a testament to the reforms we have put in place to institutionalize fiscal responsibility in County ...


October 12, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Federal lawsuit against CTA alleges unauthorized charges on Ventra accounts

A transit user who alleges he was overcharged under the new Ventra fare pass system has filed a federal lawsuit against the Chicago Transit Authority and the company hired to implement Ventra. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in ...


October 11, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced, Former Detroit Mayor Gets 28 Years In Prison On ...

Position: Governor of Illinois Sentence: 14 years The Justice Department's case against the former governor of Illinois said Rod Blagojevich attempted to solicit bribes to fill Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. He was impeached by the Illinois ...


October 11, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

City of Chicago Informs Retirees Of Healthcare Adjustments For 2014

“In light of the evolving national healthcare landscape, as well as pressures faced by our taxpayers, we are adjusting the current retiree healthcare plan while continuing to provide a substantial city subsidy in 2014,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Importantly ...


October 11, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Aldermen Decry Plan to Privatize Mammogram Program

Several Chicago alderman, including Ald Pat Dowell (3rd), Ald. Deborah Graham (29th), Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), Ald. Emma Mitts (37th), came forward to urge Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health to maintain funding for the ...


October 11, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

GHS Pushes for College Applications

"We hope to be able to reach students -- non-traditional and traditional students -- to help them get access to college," Henderson said. "We work for the state agency, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. We usually deal with the financial aid ...


October 11, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Shutdown impact: Some national parks could reopen

Meanwhile, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent roughly 90 percent of its staff home Thursday, though it will respond to immediate safety concerns. ... Student loans have continued to be paid out. But school trips to ... The Department of Housing and ...


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