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August 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

War breaks out again over Illiana Expressway

Hostilities have resumed in the political war over the proposed Illiana Expressway, with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and environmental groups trying to block a legal maneuver that would make it easier to build the controversial road.


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Bill de Blasio vs. Rahm Emanuel on Comcast-Time Warner Deal

The first deadline for interested parties to file formal comments with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable passed earlier this week, and the roster of those who chimed in on ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

The Sun-Times reports that Chicago Forward—which has amassed nearly $1.4 million in outside money from business elites—is strategizing to form alliances with aspiring aldermen who could boost Emanuel's power within City Council. In an effort to ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Mayor of Chicago plans to have city help shelter undocumented children

The mayor of one of the largest cities in the U.S. wants to provide support for undocumented children. Rahm Emanuel of Chicago wants to pitch in to help shelter them, which is a decision drawing some criticism. CCTV America's Roza Kazan reports.


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Judge hearing arguments to dismiss Nanci Koschman lawsuit

A federal judge is hearing arguments Thursday to dismiss the civil rights lawsuit Nanci Koschman has filed accusing police, prosecutors and City Hall of engaging in a long-running “official cover-up” aimed at keeping former Mayor Richard M. Daley's ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, a longtime Obama political intimate who was listed on corporate documents as a fund adviser as recently as April, has now severed ties with the fund. Harvard Professor Josh Lerner stepped down from the fund's ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

David Koschman civil rights suit thrown out by federal judge

A federal judge threw out a civil rights lawsuit filed by Nanci Koschman alleging that police and prosecutors were involved in a "cover-up" to keep former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew Richard J. Vanecko from being charged in the death of her son.


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

More MAP grants coming for nontraditional students

Pat Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 3306, a measure unanimously approved by the General Assembly that creates a two-year pilot program in which the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which administers MAP grants to about 140,000 students each ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Quinn, Rauner tangle over taxes, minimum wage, pensions

In one of the few joint appearances scheduled this campaign season, Republican Bruce Rauner described Illinois as "in crisis" and declared that the only way out is to ramp up the state's lagging economy so it produces more jobs and tax revenue.


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

The skulduggery of ousting Illinois candidates

What we have in Illinois is a system that protects incumbents and makes it very difficult for challengers. The system is fixed. The only way to unfix it is to demand that the General Assembly pass new laws to make the election code fairer, simpler ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Quinn vetoes tollway speed limit hike, Oberweis vows override

After passing the Illinois legislature and earning Quinn's approval in 2013, the speed limits on Illinois' public interstates increased to 70 mph in January of this year. In his veto letter to the Illinois General Assembly, Quinn said concerns with ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois Loophole Allows Felons to Work at Carnivals

But Costigan also confirms that the department has gotten approval to add a fifth full-time inspector, who is currently in training, and that the Illinois General Assembly may give approval to hire a sixth full-time inspector within the next year. As ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn: No Speed Increase on Illinois Interstates

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways around Illinois. The Legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis. It follows the passage of law last year ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn says state will invest millions in Chicago's Safe Passage program

It's election year in Illinois, and incumber Gov. Pat Quinn said today the state is investing $10 million in the Safe Passage program for Chicago Public Schools. That no doubt will be seen as good news for Quinn, as he battles to get re-elected in ...


August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

A Chicago success: More diplomas, fewer dropouts

Or on the political squabbling between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. Or on other concerns of ... other adults. But this week brings good news for every Chicagoan to celebrate. What distinguishes this news is that ...


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