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April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Chicago City Council Roundup: Emanuel Defends Pension Plan, Aldermen Call ...

AFSCME, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Fraternal Order of Police oppose the legislation. SEIU* Local 73 supports the measure's “basic constructs”. "In carefully examining the pension 'deal' put forth recently by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we have ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Emanuel, Madigan pension blitzkrieg stalls

Emanuel has said his proposal has support for employee unions, but they have not publicly embraced it. Madigan said that of the 31 unions representing workers in the laborer and municipal funds, only three are opposed. The Chicago Teachers Union, ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Vargas looking for partner for East High School

Vargas says he will not recommend closing East — one of the SED's options. And his predecessor, Jean-Claude Brizard, tried phasing in new schools to replace low-performing schools — which resulted in problems. That leaves working with an EPO, turning ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Emanuel says transit report written by 'propeller heads'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today dismissed a state task force report that called for one mega mass transit agency combining the CTA, Metra and PACE as written by "propeller heads." The characterization came today when the ... Only when the legislature has been ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel's pension plan stalls in House after Madigan predicts vote

While successful roll calls have been put together on a state pension package and ones that involved the Chicago Park District and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, this one is different because of the property-tax component, Nekritz said ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Alderman wants to put brakes on downtown Segway tours

Reilly said he's well aware that Segways provide a unique way for tourists to see and enjoy Chicago. But he doesn't want them to get out of hand. He noted that he worked with the Chicago Park District and the Police Department to draft the ordinance ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

The Wishful Thinking Of An Emanuel-Preckwinkle Mayoral Race Continues

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has repeatedly said she has no political aspirations beyond seeking re-election this year but that hasn't stopped local media types from wondering how Preckwinkle would fare in a 2015 mayoral race against ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Cook County Board could expand on recent Chicago puppy law

A recent Chicago law targeting for-profit animal breeders who operate so-called “puppy mills” could soon be expanded to encompass all of Cook County. The newly proposed ordinance, which the Cook County Board is expected to take up at an April 9 ...


April 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Tax Hikes, Higher Employee Contributions Highlight Emanuel's Pension Reform ...

Civic Federation president Laurence Msall, whose organization's own proposal for pension reform called for taxing retirement funds ranging from pension payments to Social Security checks, said the Emanuel proposal “seems to strike a reasonable balance ...


April 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel pension plan: Higher taxes, lower benefits

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise Chicago property taxes and cut city retirement benefits, to bail Chicago out of its pension debt crisis. Not all of the city's labor unions support a cut in their members' retirement benefits. The owner of a typical ...


April 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Minimum wage hike could impact many in Austin

In 2010, Lee, a member of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, said he and his family lived in a shelter for seven months because his minimum wage job wasn't enough to pay the rent. After about six ... Lee is among about 1.1 million workers who ...


April 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Mayor Seeks Alterations to Repair Badly Underfunded Pension Plan

CHICAGO — Contending with one of the most poorly funded pension systems among the nation's major cities, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has begun an urgent push to require some city workers to pay more for their retirement benefits and to raise ...


April 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Heliport Passes Another Hurdle in City Council

CITY HALL — A north suburban helicopter tour company's plan to bring a heliport to Bridgeport cleared another procedural hurdle Tuesday with the city zoning committee's unanimous approval. Tuesday's zoning committee hearing was the first time some ...


April 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Aldermen run for cover from mayor's pension plan

That's the political dilemma facing Chicago aldermen now that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has outlined his pension deal with unions whose 31,000 active employees and 19,000 retired members rely on the Municipal and Laborers pension funds for their ...


April 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Voters Believe Corruption Is Rampant In State, Chicago Politics: New Poll

Robert Sorich, former patronage chief to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, leaves federal court with his attorney Thomas Anthony Durkin, left, in Chicago after he was convicted of two counts of mail fraud in a scheme to load the city payroll with ...


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