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May 07, 2014 @ 7:10 AM

Cook County Law Library hosts children's book drive

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and some new friends sample some of the books that have been donated by patrons of the Cook County Law Library as part of its book drive. | Submitted. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

House ethics panel extends review of Gutierrez hiring of lobbyist

He left in 2002 to work briefly for Rod Blagojevich when he first won the Illinois governor's job. But Scofield soon quit and in 2003 began assisting Gutierrez as a contractor paid from $4,500 to $6,000 a month. House rules say contractors may not ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Lawmakers wants to launch Quinn probe

Republican Bruce Rauner has sought to connect the county and federal probe of the program with the type of corruption seen during the Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan administrations. Barickman said he would seek a variety of information if subpoena ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn tries to respond

In 2010, the Democratic machine in Maywood cranked out more votes for Quinn in 2010 than for Rod Blagojevich both times he won the governor's race. Quinn OK'd millions to Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, based in Dolton, to dole out funds to worthy ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Evanston aldermen eye banning plastic bags after Chicago bill passes

Some Evanston aldermen would like their colleagues to revisit outlawing plastic bags following the Chicago City Council's decision last week to partially ban them. "I would certainly be willing to send it to a committee to at least have a discussion ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Oregon attorney general upholds her oath

Letters to the editor and other statements opposing Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's decision to not defend Oregon's 2004 voter approved constitutional ban on same-sex marriage all contain the usual phrases of outrage about breaking voter's trust and ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Maryland gubernatorial hopefuls suggest ways to make college more affordable

Mizeur would end that program and give its funding to the Educational Assistance Grants — a need-based aid program administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. She would also ... Mizeur would also create a “College Affordability for All ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

New DCFS chief hopes to restore stability

Besides serving as assistant director of the DuPage County health department, Gregg worked for former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration in the mid-1990s. Before that she was a federal prosecutor in Chicago. Gregg said her desire to ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois' green energy law needs a rewrite

But Illinois' clean energy leadership would be stronger still if the General Assembly reforms the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard. Here's how RPS works now: Utility giants Ameren Corp. and Commonwealth Edison Co. are required to dedicate a small ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois school funding formula needs a revamp

It needs a revamp regardless of whether the General Assembly rolls the income tax back to 3.75, as is scheduled, or votes to let it stand at 5 percent. Don't let Springfield tell you it can only address one issue at a time. Because if that's true, we ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Hearing Held On Lawsuit Aiming To Block Term Limits Proposals

... the lawsuit was filed on behalf of former ComEd CEO Frank Clark, developer Elzie Higginbottom, and other business leaders who contend the proposed 8-year limit for serving in the Illinois General Assembly would be a violation of the Illinois ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn makes pitch for higher minimum wage at women's ...

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn has made his pitch to raise the Illinois minimum wage at a women's luncheon attended by many top Democrats and candidates. Quinn is seeking re-election and told attendees Monday that he favors fair pay. The annual Ultimate ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Chicago Teachers Union chief opens door to strike

"With a billion-dollar deficit, the board (of education) somehow found a way to authorize 13 new charter operations; to fund three new (school) turnarounds with costs that could trend in upward of $21 million; to spend $10 million for new furniture ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

CPS to pay police $13 million a year for high school security

The agreement further states that the Chicago Board of Education “shall have the right, upon 30 days written notice, unilaterally to reduce services which may include the number of CPS schools receiving services from CPD; the number of officers at a ...

May 06, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Sheryl Sandberg: Dream the possible dream

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg gives the keynote speech during the City Colleges of Chicago graduation ceremony at the UIC Pavilion. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / May 3, 2014). Sheryl Sandberg gives the keynote speech during the ...

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