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May 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Scott Reeder: The real governor of Illinois

(Although, Rod Blagojevich was more than a bit infatuated with Madigan's neckties.) In the 25 years I've covered him, I've never known him to outright lie. Every public utterance is said with calculation. Words are parsed. Meanings obscured ...

May 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Fired from Walmart, Mrs Wang is now gunning for China's state labor union

In a bid to help change that, Wang, backed by lawyers who have handled some of China's highest-profile labor cases, decided to sue the union branch at the Walmart in Shenzhen where she worked for nine years. Unlike the few previous attempts by workers ...

May 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel's Reelection Bid Is Not Looking So Hot Right Now, Poll Shows

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Late Monday, March 31, 2014, Emanuel proposed to raise property taxes while increasing the amount of money city workers contribute to their ...

May 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Millionaire Blair Hull chips in to back Rauner

Hull has long been a friend to the Democratic National Committee, to President Obama as well as to the now-imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. As Blagojevich showed, Hull can be a valuable financial resource. Hull gave Blagojevich nearly half a million ...

May 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

McClellan: Wild Conspiracy in the lead on the back stretch

A bill has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that would allow slot machines at horse tracks — something the racing industry has long said it needs — but an amendment has been added to the bill that would exclude Fairmount. Every track in ...

May 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Statehouse Insider: School formula change mixed bag for downstaters

The State Board of Education crunched the numbers on the new education funding formula pushed by Sen. ANDY MANAR, D-Bunker Hill, and found it did pretty much what it was intended to do. It shifted a substantial amount of state education dollars away ...

May 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Don't eat at Midway, do eat in Baltimore: What I learned at 6 airports in 6 days

When in Chicago Midway Airport, do not attempt to order food — I've tried three times since October, so you can trust me. The various Midway businesses that have disguised themselves as restaurants and food stands are really places that sell ...

May 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Schwarz column: My recent flights to several airports make for fun factoids

When in Chicago Midway International Airport, do not attempt to order food — I've tried three times since October, so you can trust me. The various Midway businesses that have disguised themselves as restaurants and food stands are really places that ...

May 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Fresno revitalization unit is gone, but the work continues

Balch left City Hall in April to attend graduate school at the University of Chicago. The downtown spotlight most likely ... Council members and city unions have been somewhat understanding of a mayor's organizational authority. Alan Autry wanted a ...

May 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Groups say Thailand should face US sanctions over trafficking

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, 19 organizations, including Human Rights Watch and the American Federation of Labor, said Thailand "does not meet the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, nor is it taking real ...

May 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel on Why He's Endorsing Hillary Clinton Over Biden in 2016

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who ultimately backed President Obama in 2008 despite his close ties to the Clinton family, has no reservations for the 2016 cycle. The former adviser to President Bill Clinton and former chief of staff to President Obama ...

May 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Daley testimony on hold as Park Grill trial lags

It will be at least two months before former Mayor Richard M. Daley testifies in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's court fight to break an exclusive deal that clout-heavy investors got under the Daley administration to operate a restaurant on Michigan Avenue in ...

May 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Do Bars Cause 'Douche Vortices?'

The Mayors Daley were aggressive about closing down problem bars, but license revocations have slowed down since. There were 11 license revocations in 2013, back down to the level before the Daley era in 1988. In 1989, Richard M. Daley's first year, ...

May 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Legislature approves bill regulating use of private drones

The Illinois House unanimously approved legislation Friday that extends state regulations to private drone operators. State Sen. Daniel Biss is an Evanston Democrat and the bill sponsor. He says the measure helps maintain expectations of privacy.

May 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Infrastructure: Getting Our Water Systems Up to Snuff Amidst the ...

And just this week the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation that, for the first time ever, makes green infrastructure, water efficiency, and other climate resiliency projects eligible to tap a multi-billion dollar state fund for water ...

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