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July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Senate bill threatens increased water fees

... consider a veto or an amendatory veto, although he has been contacting Quinn since before the bill was given to the governor's office June 25. As of Wednesday morning, the Illinois General Assembly website reported that Quinn had not yet signed the ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Illinois' Credit Prognosis: Negative

Gov. Pat Quinn's office blames legislators for passing what an "incomplete budget," and says this is the predictable result. He has asked the General Assembly to permanently extend Illinois' 5 percent income tax rate, but lawmakers didn't oblige ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn's bodyguard keeps Rauner tracker out of public event by force

Pat Quinn's bodyguard ordered a young man to stay out of a public event on public property. If you're wondering how that works, actually, it shouldn't work at all due to the gathering being a public gathering on public property. Yet, Quinn's state ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago school board passes 'stop-gap' CPS budget

As Chicago Public School students start a new school year in a few weeks, money problems continue to plague the nation's third largest school district. The school board reluctantly passed a balanced $5.8 billion budget Wednesday knowing it relies on a ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago Board Of Ed Approves Budget, Debate Over School Funding Rages On

The Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved the school district's controversial $5.8 billion spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year that cuts the budgets of traditional neighborhood schools and boosts funding for charters. Progress Illinois ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago Board of Education passes $5.76 billion budget

The Board of Education unanimously passed on Wednesday a $5.76 billion operating budget for Chicago Public Schools that banks hard on pension solutions from Springfield and depends on 14 months of revenue to pay for 12 months of spending — a ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago Board of Education passes $6.8 billion budget

Chicago homeowners can expect their property taxes to go up after the Board of Education on Wednesday approved a $6.8 billion budget for Chicago Public Schools that critics say uses another accounting gimmick to provide a short-term solution. The $5.76 ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

A new way to fly to New York and DC

Some flights also will use Chicago's Midway Airport, routing passengers through smaller facilities used by private jet owners and charter operators to avoid the long lines and hassles of going through the terminal. “Time is what we are really ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Midway Airport ranks high in affordability, though delays rampant

Midway International Airport has in recent months ranked among the worst in the nation for on-time arrivals. But hey, if you willing to deal with that fact, near-in Midway on Chicago's southwest side is — this year anyway — one of the most affordable ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

BGA lawsuit aims to lift veil on IHSA finances

Besides suing the IHSA, the BGA filed a similar open-records case last month against Navy Pier Inc., the not-for-profit group that runs government-owned Navy Pier under a 2011 deal with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. Like the IHSA ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

'An Agent For Social Change,' Hubie Jones Has Shaped Boston For 60 Years

But his plans changed when the work of one of his professors at City College of New York, Kenneth Clark, was quoted in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. “So this was like a heady experience for me,” Jones said ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

College cyclists crossing US for cancer research

How would you get from New York City to San Francisco? Two seemingly ... "On Sunday (May 18) was graduating, and by Thursday I was in Union Station in Chicago getting on a train to go bike for 71 days,” Wave said with a laugh. And for less than 24 ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Biss Talking Flooding At Town Hall Today

Speaking at the meeting will be a panel of experts on local flooding issues, including: Metropolitan Water Reclamation Dist. (MWRD) Executive Director David St. Pierre; US Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager Imad Samara; Metropolitan Planning ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Storms, Sewage, And Maggots: Climate Change Comes To Chicago

David St. Pierre, head of Chicago's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, told the Post the city is working to upgrade its storm and waste water storage system. It can now take on 2.7 billion gallons of overflow, and should be able to 7.5 billion ...


July 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Kadner: Quinn, Oak Lawn water and politics

As for Quinn, the governor singled out elected officials by name, thanked his IEPA director for her work, praised members of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District who were present and touted the “hardworking” construction workers and union ...


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