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March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

State officials lay out budget doomsday

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Candice Jones said she'd have to shutter two of the state's six youth prisons and lay off more than 250 employees. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission said 28,000 fewer low-income students would ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Naperville legislator wants Big Ten to add another Illinois school

The commission would be comprised of higher education professionals, one member from each of the four caucuses in the General Assembly, an Illinois resident paying out of state tuition to a Big Ten institution, and a student from Illinois who has left ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Tom Cross Proposes Criminal Justice Reform Bill

If it passes, Illinois would be only the second state to adopt such a program. Posted by Shannon ... Review specific proposals submitted by the General Assembly by way of resolution and report back its findings and recommendations in a timely manner.

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

AFT Chicago Local Pushes Left-Wing Teaching

She is the radical President of the Chicago Teachers Union, American Federation of Teachers Local 1, which made national headlines in 2012 for going on citywide strike. (Our thoughts on that action aren't subtle: You don't block the schoolhouse door to ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn's attack on working men and women

It has to be some kind of joke that Gov. Pat Quinn and Democrats are running a class war based on the supposition that they can create jobs, help the middle class and reduce unemployment. The unemployment rate in Illinois--8.7 percent--is the third ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

CPS plans to 'turnaround' three schools, opposed by teachers union

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey is outraged by the decision. He`s concerned about the teachers that are losing their jobs. Sharkey also believes the move is more about politics than education, because current board of education ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Regional news briefs

... lines to vote early. "It is wrong to target city voters with unnecessary and punitive restrictions on their right to vote." ... Scott Walker on Friday appointed three new members to the 18-member University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Tragedy of kids who can't swim

These numbers are not lost on Chicago Park District Supt. Michael P. Kelly. He told me the park district gives 40,000 lessons a year, but in some pools “we're always having trouble getting to capacity.” Kelly and his staff didn't have participation ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Park Ridge aldermen take first action toward Mayfield, Northwest Park flood ...

The Park Ridge City Council agreed on March 19 to ask city staff to prepare an agreement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District that would allow the city to connect to a sewer planned for Dempster Street. This would allow for the construction ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Ex-Cook County department head sentenced for kickbacks

The former Cook County director of public affairs and communications under former Board President Todd Stroger was sentenced to 51 months in prison. Eugene Mullins, 50, was sentenced after being convicted in September 2013 of bribery and fraud ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Ill. Supreme Court issues critical report on Cook Co. court system

The launch of the audit last year came amid growing tensions between Evans and County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart over jail overcrowding and the backlog of criminal cases. In September, Preckwinkle, who has argued that ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Sheriff's deputies, auditors descend on Harvey's city hall

But that legislation has run into opposition from suburban mayors and politicians, including County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who say it's the state's responsibility to force audits. It's unclear what level of access his office will be given to ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Sheriff finds way to scrutinize Harvey books

Political debate. Even with its partnership with the state comptroller, the sheriff's office will continue to push the controversial ordinance giving the sheriff more authority, Smith said, though its future appears bleak. County Board President Toni ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Some African American voters drop Democratic roots for Rauner

"He came into state government at a very difficult time," said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. Preckwinkle warned black voters that Rauner can make promises but has no answers. "I think it's all smoke and mirrors," she said. "He's going to face ...

March 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Atlanta a finalist for $30 million urban renewal grant; Mayor Reed responds to ...

The story reported on the first report the Atlanta Housing Authority has made to HUD since former AHA CEO Renee Glover left the agency after a public dispute with the mayor. The story reported the AHA statement to HUD that: “AHA is not ... to HUD, the ...

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