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March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

It's time to merge metro Chicago's transit agencies

Outgoing Regional Transportation Authority Chairman John Gates may be correct when he predicts the latest recommendation to combine Chicago-area transit systems into a single agency will go nowhere in Springfield. That doesn't mean it's a bad idea.

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago brings enduring sound to Northern Quest

Originally billed as the Big Thing and later renamed Chicago Transit Authority, the band was an immediate success upon releasing its first self-titled album in 1969, and Chicago would go on to sell more than 38 million albums and score 21 Top 10 singles.

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Karen Lewis sees a racial cause for an election defeat

But it's also true that Mr. Mitchell won or got at least 41 percent of the vote in every predominantly black ward in the district, including the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 20th, with leaders such as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago To Sell Properties For The Price Of A Candy Bar

The Department of Planning & Development program, part of the mayor's "Five-Year Housing Plan" that was already approved by the City Council last month, could expand beyond Englewood in the future. The goal, according to the Sun-Times, is to expand it ...

March 21, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Goldman Sachs wins pay dispute with former trader: filing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has won a pay dispute with a former employee known for his role in shorting the U.S. housing market in the run-up to the financial crisis, according to a arbitration ruling this week. Deeb Salem, who worked ...

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Unions caught between a Rauner and a Quinn place

There seems to be little chance AFSCME Council 31, the Illinois Education Association or Illinois Federation of Teachers will do a political 180 and embrace Rauner, a candidate they've spent more than $3.1 million trying to defeat in the primary and ...

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Governor's race could be most expensive in history

Democrat Rod Blagojevich set the single-candidate record for spending in 2006 at more than $22 million. Rauner could use his campaign money for other purposes, too. In the primary, he sent nearly $300,000 to Republican candidates, causes and local ...

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Can Illinois's Mitt Romney Win?

A former lieutenant governor, Quinn became Illinois's chief executive when his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office in 2009 in the midst of a corruption scandal. Once in office, Quinn has fought with organized labor in ...

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Blinks, Agrees to Restore Metered Sundays on Some Retail Strips

After ten months of stonewalling, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is bowing to pressure from aldermen, chambers of commerce, and business owners and finally making good on his promise to bring back paid Sunday parking in some commercial districts.

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City wants to offer vacant Englewood lots for a dollar

The city, under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has done this many times. In 2009, the city sold about 80 South Side parcels at a dollar each to be used for single-family homes, as well as five acres of vacant parcels on the Far South Side to a developer.

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Start-Up Success Isn't Enough to Found a Museum

He chose to open in Chicago in part because he received a warm welcome from local politicians; former Mayor Richard M. Daley and his successor, Rahm Emanuel, both met with Mr. O'Hagan. Before settling on a location for a new cultural institution, Mr.

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Glenwood trustees pursue casino for village

Glenwood would be in competition with at least eight other municipalities if the Illinois General Assembly ultimately gives approval for a casino in the south suburbs. "Whether you're for or against gambling per se, we need the revenue," Trustee Tony ...

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Despite being on state watch list, Dist. 90 says finances are stable

Koehl then said the ISBE uses the data from its financial profiles when making its case to the Illinois General Assembly that more funding is needed for K-12 education. “The ISBE is creating their spin for the budget,” he said. “They want to create a ...

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

After tight primary, Rauner tries to unify Republicans

Mr. Dillard notably was absent from the event at the Union League Club of Chicago, which was attended by Messrs. Brady and Rutherford. Mr. Dillard was traveling to Springfield, where the Illinois General Assembly is in session, a campaign spokesman said.

March 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

East High faces uncertain future

It avoided closure in 2010 when then-superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard deemed it was making progress in upping test scores and the graduation rate; a $2 million "transformation" grant came that fall. The state education department now sees things ...

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