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March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

The bastion of Burkedom: 45 years on city council and counting

On Tuesday, Ald. Edward M. Burke, 70, will have spent 45 years on the City Council, the city's longest-serving member of all time, reports Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed. The legendary “Dean” of the City Council served under eight mayors (which ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Taxi publication threatens to expose gay aldermen over rideshare issue

A local taxi-industry trade publication has threatened to out five aldermen unless demands to stop the ridesharing industry in Chicago are met. The March issue of Chicago Dispatcher, which is distributed free on newsstands, features a front-page ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

City Council inspector general accused of violating the law

Other sources noted that the city's ethics ordinance defines independent contractors hired by Chicago aldermen as City Council employees and the same applies to the legislative inspector general. Whether or not Khan violated the law, he made a huge ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

The problem with Chicagoland, according to John Kass

When Richard M. Daley's time came, he was smart enough to realize that a lot of his father's old critics hadn't opposed Richard J. on principle but because they were young, smart, and ambitious—and wanted inside the tent. So his own was bigger. For a ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Emanuel wrestling with pothole problem

Still, Emanuel's administration met its target of repairing potholes within 10 days 73 percent of the time, Ferguson found, slightly better than the rate of 72 percent under previous Mayor Richard M. Daley. Copyright © 2014 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC.


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Christie 'strains' the facts

The 1996 New Republic article noted that "a slew of pro-life Democrats, including Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Sens. John Breaux and Howell Heflin, and five governors, did address the delegates in 1992." The article noted that those speakers "didn't ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinoisans May Be Able to "Pay it Forward” to Get to College

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - State lawmakers are researching an innovative way to help more Illinoisans fulfill their dream of higher education. House Bill 5323 asks the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to investigate the Pay It Forward, Pay It Back ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Lawmakers Look at Paying For College

A new bill could lead to more affordable alternatives to pay for college. The bill would have the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) look at programs that allow students to attend state universities and community colleges while putting off ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Three vie for two spots in Will County Board District 11

She is also a past member of the Wheatland Township Plan Commission. She currently works ... He used an undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University and a masters from Illinois Institute of Technology in Rehabilitation Counseling and ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

IL lawmaker supports term limits

Congressman Rodney Davis says he has not yet signed the petition that calls for limiting members of the Illinois General Assembly to eight year terms. But he says that he would. Davis, a Republican from Taylorville, says he also backs term limits for ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Ill. attorney general collects nearly $1 billion

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced her office collected nearly $1 billion in revenue last year. Officials say that's a similar amount to yearly revenues brought in since Madigan took office. The money came through a ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Win or lose, Rauner vows to fight for term limits

4 general election ballot for members of the Illinois General Assembly as he was to becoming the Republican nominee for governor. “I've brought in U.S. Term Limits, an independent group, to acquire 300,000 signatures by May 4,” Rauner said at the town ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Moody's lowers Peoria's bond rating, city still ranks better than Chicago and ...

Some of the underlying reasons for the change by Moody's Investors Service might require more immediate attention in the Illinois General Assembly. Unfunded state mandates regarding pension funds for fire, police and other city workers contributed to ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

District 230's Connolly on national “20 to Watch” Education Technology Leaders ...

The National School Board Association announced its "20 to Watch" Education Technology Leaders on Friday. Consolidated High School District 230 Director of Technology John Connolly is among 20 throughout the country, and the only leader from Illinois, ...


March 11, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago Teachers Union to lead rally Monday March 10th in support of teachers ...

“CPS and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) have performed a most unusual feat—they have turned a detour into a disaster,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “Parents chose to opt out and teachers wanted to teach, and had CPS and ISBE ...


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