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December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel urged to resolve stalemate stalling council budget office

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) said he is heartened by the fact that Emanuel is claiming credit for the reform on his campaign website — without mentioning that the independent budget office has yet to get off the ground because of a dispute over who will ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

City Workers Fight Chicago Pension Reforms

CHICAGO (CN) - Several labor unions sued the Municipal Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago and its board in Cook County on Tuesday, seeking a declaration that a law to change their retirement benefits violates the Illinois constitution.


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel halts private parking on city lots near United Center

The parking-lot operators appear to have begun using the city-owned lots during the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley, when the city began acquiring land for construction of the United Center, built across from the old Chicago Stadium. Mayor ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Reilly urges residents to howl about dog ban at Maggie Daley Park

In June, 2008, the City Council voted 33-16 to approve former Mayor Richard M. Daley's controversial plan to build a $100 million Children's Museum in Grant Park over Reilly's strenuous objections. The vote set off a marathon court fight over 172 years ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Judy Baar Topinka memorial: Pat Quinn, Brucew Rauner, James Thompson offer ...

Judy Baar Topinka memorial: Pat Quinn, Brucew Rauner, James Thompson offer high praise. Illinois comptroller remembered as honest, hard-working leader. Published: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 3:21 p.m. CST ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Judy Baar Topinka memorial: Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner, James Thompson ...

Pat Quinn remembered Topinka in his remarks as a politician who went the extra mile and then some. “She volunteered for very difficult and challenging assignments throughout her life,” Quinn said. “She was always known for telling the truth – a truth ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel opponents to continue push for elected school board

Opponents of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Chicago Teachers Union and other groups are trying to keep the spotlight on their call for an elected school board with a Wednesday morning news conference. They will also call on the mayor's hand-picked school ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Dyett Proposal Gets High-Profile Support at Board of Education Meeting

He chided Chicago Public Schools for ignoring the community-backed proposal, in that "those people who have a desire to give it the fame and acclaim that it once enjoyed have not been included in the new ideas about what should Dyett be." Dyett has ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Protesters want elected Chicago Public Schools board

Protesters gathered outside Chicago Public Schools new Loop headquarters Wednesday to demand an elected school board. The group — a coalition of neighborhood groups and members of the Chicago Teachers Union — boasted it had collected enough ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Kennedy King College President Participates in White House College Day

In Chicago, African American students make up 37 percent of City Colleges of Chicago students, while at Kennedy King, they're the majority. The Englewood campus is made up of 97 percent of African Americans and Hispanics. Stevens said that most of the ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

At least 5 vying for Orland library board in wake of controversy

A year after controversy over its Internet policy put the Orland Park Public Library in the spotlight, at least five residents of the village are running for two seats on the library board. By Wednesday afternoon, five newcomers had submitted ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Crowded race for library board that lets patrons surf for porn

The dispute over the Orland Park Public Library's Internet policies has resulted in $125,000 in legal fees for the library. The dispute over the Orland Park Public Library's Internet policies has resulted in $125,000 in legal fees for the library ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Green bonds sell big in 2014 as finance bids to help climate

"At the end of the day, a bond is still a bond whether it's dubbed as 'green' or not," Eva Rippeteau, associate director at Fitch Ratings, said in an emailed analysis sent after the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago came to ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Judy Baar Topinka

Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Rauner was among several who came forward to tell personal stories. Of the package that landed at his doorstep, he said, "It caused a little excitement ...


December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Tobolski: Looking ahead at 2015 in Cook County

1, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, my fellow Cook County commissioners and I were sworn in for the 2014-2018 term. We welcomed two new members to the board, Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Jr., representing the north side of Chicago, and ...


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