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September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Chicago Teachers Union President Launches Campaign for Mayor

The likely candidacy of the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, which led one of the most important strikes in recent years in the USA, against the incumbent Democrat Rahm Emanuel, formerly the chief-of-staff of the White House and a champion of ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Three reasons people don't trust teachers

Between 2009 and 2012, Chicago Public Schools went through five CEOs (Arne Duncan, Ron Huberman, Terry Mazany, Jean Claude-Brizard, Barbara Byrd-Bennett). This instability made its way to the classroom as policies and expectations changed each ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Pro-Rahm group tells Karen Lewis to choose: Mayor's race or CTU

A group that has supported Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past on Tuesday called on Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to make a choice: Declare candidacy for mayor or lead in negotiating the next teachers contract. Democrats for Education Reform ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

McHugh Reveals Motor Row Hotel Plan at Public Meeting

... architect Joseph Antunovich presented their plan for a new hotel and data center to be built at Michigan Avenue and Cermak, just across the street from another hotel and data center being planned by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

America's 50 best cities to live in

In order to be considered, a city needed positive employment growth between 2011 and 2013 and an unemployment rate of no more than 9.8%, roughly one-third higher than the national rate last year. We also measured the availability of certain ... Cook ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Preckwinkle backers gather to support re-election bid

Supporters of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's bid for re-election to her post gathered for a fundraising event sponsored by Women for Preckwinkle at the headquarters of Christy Webber Landscapes, 2900 N. Ferdinand St., on Sept. 9.

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

A cartoonist, a composer, a criminal lawyer: See the new 'genius grant' winners

(AP) — A materials scientist at Northwestern University, a University of Chicago professor and a University of Illinois environmental engineer are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." The Chicago-based John ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Mayor Emanuel Announces Plan To End Veteran Homelessness In Chicago By ...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) announced today that the City will be partnering with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Rahm Vows To Help Get All Homeless Veterans Off Streets By 2015

The federal Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Housing and Urban Development will join with the Chicago Housing Authority, the city Department of Family and Support Services and other government agencies to advance the program.

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

AFSCME Puts Aside Differences, Endorses Quinn

There was once a time, such as during a protest at the Illinois State Fair in 2012, that union members were comparing Gov. Pat Quinn to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; labor's wrath has turned to Bruce Rauner since he became Republican's nominee for ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Five lessons from the heartland

They included members of the University of Illinois-Chicago faculty union who had driven 90 miles to show solidarity with their brothers and sisters at UIUC. And they included a wide layer of students and faculty representing both ... As we stood ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

SALMAGUNDI: Chicago overshadowing Springfield

Most knew this truth regarding the Executive Mansion — a 16-room apartment for the governor is part of the 157-year-old home, a popular historic site — if only because Rod Blagojevich famously avoided the place, opting to jet to Chicago each night ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring

The report found that the questionable hiring of "staff assistants" accelerated under Quinn, despite his claims to have cleaned up the practices of his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich. The issue boiled over in April when Chicago attorney and anti ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Aldermen claim speed cameras unfairly targeting South Side drivers

Speed cameras are popping up like weeds around Chicago, generating millions of dollars for a City Hall starved for cash. However, a FOX 32 investigation has found a handful of the 124 cameras are catching far more speeders than the rest. It's been ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Gov't should renegotiate FBI building lease

Among the developers of the building was Jack Higgins, a friend and political backer of the fellow who was mayor when the federal contract was awarded, Richard M. Daley. The Higgins group was awarded the contract though another group made a lower bid ...

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