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September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner political giving shifted more Republican

Prior to his campaign, the couple gave to Republicans and Democrats — although contributions heavily favored the GOP. In fact, of $500,000 Bruce Rauner gave Democrats, most went to two candidates — former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Forrest ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Firm with no-bid, no-contract work in Cicero gave big to Dominick

All but one donation to Dominick's political funds occurred while Volini — once a business partner of Fred Barbara, a friend of ex-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley — and his family controlled Heartland. The Volinis sold the company in June to Morton ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Letter: Take a hint from Indiana, Illinois

“Indiana law requires the General Assembly to pass a budget every two years. The current $30 billion budget covers a period that ends in June. Meanwhile, the state is sitting on a $2 billion surplus, or savings account.” Now, I do not know who is going ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Election 2014: Candidates for secretary of state have different priorities

Goliath matchup in an election season full of barn burners in Illinois, a political newcomer and a popular incumbent vying for secretary of state have outlined differing priorities in office if elected. Republican challenger Mike Webster, 54 ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Legislature's IHSA hearing raises more questions than answers

It's finally time for Round 2 of the Illinois General Assembly vs. the Illinois High School Association. You may recall the first episode in this soap opera back in May in Springfield. That encounter between the House's Elementary and Secondary ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

State Rep. Fine, opponent talk pension reform, birth control

Kathy Myalls, running against current state Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) for her position in the Illinois General Assembly, answers a question about the state's pension reform. Myalls and Fine participated in a forum Saturday morning, where they ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

David McSweeney: Pension cost shift would lead to higher taxes

Serious efforts are underway in the Illinois General Assembly to pass legislation to shift billions of dollars in education pension obligations from the state to local schools. If proponents get their way, it could be disastrous to homeowners, who ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

1900 in Sangamon Co. sign up for private insurance

Because the Illinois General Assembly hasn't decided whether to move forward with a state-operated exchange, the federal government's website has been the portal through which Illinoisans had to make all of their individual decisions on ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Airport Update: Hundreds Of Flights Canceled At O'Hare, Midway ...

O'Hare and Midway airports reported hundreds of canceled flights, as well as delays of 60 minutes and longer, Sunday. The intentionally set fire at the Federal Aviation Administration's air-traffic-control facility in Aurora, Ill., Friday has led to ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago parks to get $2.4M in state money

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Park District will receive $2.4 million in state money to improve five parks. The money is coming from the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Sunday. He says the money will ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Tech Cities Struggle With New Business Rules

Chicago, for example, assesses licensing fees and requires rideshare companies to submit to background checks, vehicle inspections, driver tests and random drug screens of their employees. The companies are also required to obtain $1 million in ... For ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Reverse mortgages poised for rebound amid troubled history

... Federal Housing Administration data by Reverse Market Insight, a California-based company. This year, Philadelphia was followed by Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago. After retiring two years ... In the coming weeks, FHA, a division of the Housing ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Could Chicago's Rahm Emanuel lose his re-election race?

The divide-and-conquer approach has so far paid off: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, enormously popular in Chicago and a clear winner over Emanuel in the polls, announced this summer that she would not run. Her decision came two ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Time to grade mayor's peformance

It's been more than three years since we sat down with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to review the promises and progress of his first 100 days in office in an interview that was broadcast live on the Better Government Association's website. ... crime ...

September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Ex-Sen. Roland Burris an issue in Chicago trial

Rod Blagojevich to a U.S. Senate in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming onetime Sen. Roland Burris was once accused of seeking to extort a business. Word about the allegation against ...

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