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January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Can Illinois trim at the top? Some legislators say it's far overdue

Franks said when Pat Quinn was elevated from lieutenant governor to governor upon Rod Blagojevich's impeachment, no one seemed to notice Quinn served without a lieutenant governor. The vacant post didn't get much attention because it didn't matter, ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois Dems (too many of them, in fact) set their sights on re-taking a ...

Their optimism is based mainly on the fact that Kirk is in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and that he won the seat in 2010 in the aftermath of the Rod Blagojevich scandal, which involved that very seat. Without that thumb on the scale, goes the ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Who wanted to grow and sell medical marijuana? A fundraiser, a bureaucrat and ...

Rod Blagojevich. Jennings, who served under Quinn before retiring from his state post in 2011 after more than three decades with the department, downplayed his connection to Quinn and said he worked for the state under a myriad of governors. Jennings ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Mayor Emanuel releases radio ads featuring President Obama

Mayor Emanuel releases radio ads featuring President Obama. Emanuel releases radio ad featuring President Obama. Radio ads began running Monday featuring President Obama pledging his support for Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. Embed.


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Fioretti runs his mouth, trips on his words

Often criticized as someone who has made a career of being against the policies of first Mayor Richard M. Daley and then Emanuel, Fioretti in his City Club speech mapped out some of the things he's for: including a moratorium on charter schools, an ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

As influence wanes, independent group endorses Garcia

Twenty years ago, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley decided not to appear before the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization because he believed the deck was stacked against him. The IVI-IPO endorsed Joe Gardner over Daley.


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Romeoville High School to Host Financial Aid Workshop

The Romeoville High School Student Services Department is hosting a Tuesday evening Illinois Student Assistance Commission workshop to help parents and students with the college financial aid process. During the 6 to 8 p.m. workshop, experts will walk ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Who's running the Illinois Lottery? No one seems to know

Who's in charge of the huge Illinois Lottery—and under what contract terms are they working? Anyone who knows the answer to those questions isn't answering them today in the wake of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's surprise move Jan.


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Documents: Quinn didn't act on marijuana recommendations

Pat Quinn answers questions during a luncheon Aug. 28 in Chicago. Newly released documents show the former governor received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses but did not act on them before ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Documents: Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn had marijuana recommendations but ...

The AP emailed a request for comment to a spokeswoman for the former governor, but there was no immediate response. A Quinn administration official told the Chicago Sun-Times in a statement: "As the Quinn administration made clear from the beginning, ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn had medical marijuana recommendations, didn't act ...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn answers questions during a luncheon in Chicago. Newly released documents show the former governor received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:00 AM

D. 202 Board of Education appoints member to fill open seat

Twenty-three year District 202 resident and parent David Koch was appointed January 26, 2015 to the Board of Education to fill a seat vacated in December. Former Board member William Dargan resigned because of a job change to Florida. (Posted by ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:00 AM

College experiences administrative shake-up

She works in a similar position as the associate vice chancellor in the City Colleges of Chicago's office of Student Financial Services. She has 15 years of experience working with higher education student financial services. Grunden said her vision is ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:00 AM

Record Green Bond Issuance Bolsters Chicago Sewers: Muni Credit

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago sold about $225 million of the securities in December, its first such issue, said Mary Ann Boyle, the district's treasurer. The label helped distinguish the agency's first muni issue in ...


January 27, 2015 @ 6:00 AM

Alderman Will Burns Says Rahm Is a Good Mayor For His Ward

In 2011, Burns moved from Springfield—elected in 2008 and then reelected in 2010 to represent the 26th District—to Chicago and the City Council as 4th Ward alderman. He took the Council seat held by one of his main mentors, Toni Preckwinkle, when she ...


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