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October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Daley, Segvich square off again for 11th Cook County Board seat

The veteran lawmaker and 11th Ward Democratic Committeeman said he was among those working with County Board president Toni Preckwinkle to cut the county budget by eight percent in the four years since she took office. She eliminated 2,000 jobs, ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Rauner and Blacks—More than a Marriage of Convenience?

At Rauner's primary victory party last March, Israel stood next to Rauner on stage, one of just three African Americans in a group of about one hundred. When he later encountered Democratic County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, he reached out to ...

October 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Housing Activists Criticize Emanuel's Management Of CHA At Anti ...

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was at a pricey downtown breakfast event on homelessness, city housing activists and homeless families protested outside Thursday morning citing the mayor's "failure to support reform of the Chicago Housing Authority.".

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Ex-NFL Union President Foxworth Joining NBA Players Union

Palmer is a former general secretary of EU Athletes, a federation of player unions in Europe representing more than 30 associations and 25,000 athletes. He co-founded a union for basketball players in Germany in 2005. ... The National Labor Relations ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Libertarians don't deserve your vote

For me, Whitney was not merely a protest vote against the other two candidates, Judy Baar Topinka and Rod Blagojevich. Whitney was wonkish and thoughtful. He made a compelling case on how to move the state forward, how to better fund schools and ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Do you believe in magic?

Well, then it truly is silly season and I feel sorry for you. * This is the same newspaper, you may recall, which published (on its front page, no less) the results of a 2006 poll showing Rod Blagojevich leading Judy Baar Topinka by 30 points, 56-26 ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Letter: Vote Obama cronies out of office

Ex-governor George Ryan just go out of prison. Rod Blagojevich, who replaced Ryan – in prison. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned – in prison. Under Pat Quinn, the program known as Upward Mobility provides free college educations for state ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn's IDOT scandal will cost taxpayers

Michael Shakman, the Chicago attorney behind the landmark 1969 anti-patronage suit, has been agitating for a state hiring monitor since 2009, after the Sun-Times reported that Blagojevich aides were running an illegal hiring system under which hundreds ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Aldermanic Races Getting Crowded for 2015

In 2007, nine alderman ran unchallenged on Election Day. Of course, nothing's ... For their part, Aldermen Ed Burke (14), Brendan Reilly (42) and Harry Osterman (48) may be able to enjoy their easy ride back into City hall as incumbents running unopposed.

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Aldermen skip chance to ask about city's handling of police commander

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday heard testimony from the head of the city agency that investigates police-brutality complaints. But the aldermen skipped the chance to ask him about the city's handling of a police commander who faces felony ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

9 Catholic schools in city and suburbs to close; 2 others to be reconfigured

Chicago's Catholic school system announced nine schools in the city and the suburbs will close their doors at the end of this coming school year. The nine schools are three times as many as last year. Two more schools will be reconfigured. Schools in ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

IPRA working overtime to change its image, reduce backlog

In 2007, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley severed the agency then known as the OPS from the Police Department and made it a separate city department with its own subpoena power. He also imported attorney Ilana Rosenzweig from Los Angeles to restore ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Lieutenant governor candidates bring different resumes, roles

A native of the southwest suburbs, Vallas rose to prominence in the 1990s holding a series of top budget and revenue posts in the administration of then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who later tapped Vallas to reform the financially and academically ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote

... Senate in 1992 but was defeated for re-election in 1998. Unseating Garcia marked the first major victory for the Hispanic Democratic Organization, which took orders from Mayor Richard M. Daley and eventually dissolved amid a City Hall patronage ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Forum: Vote against Madigan for Illinois attorney general

The Second Amendment Foundation on Oct. 27 filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Illinois challenging the state's concealed carry statute that restricts otherwise qualified non-residents in the exercise of their right and privilege to carry ...

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