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September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Senator: Get organized, raise a unified voice

Third, the commission will submit a report to the General Assembly and the governor with it findings and recommendations by Dec. 31. Throughout the hearing, residents voiced their concerns about needing more programs for African American women and ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois attorney general's office to review theft of police chief's gun

CARBONDALE, Ill. — A special prosecutor will examine the 2009 theft of a Southern Illinois police chief's gun that was later used in a fatal shooting. A Jackson County judge has signed off on having a prosecutor with the Illinois attorney general's ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Brady pledges to live in Executive Mansion if elected governor

In this file photo, Illinois Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, listens to lawmakers during the General Assembly's Conference Committee on pension reform Monday, July 8, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Brady is a GOP candidate for governor. (AP Photo/Seth ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Judge rules to resume Illinois Lawmakers pay

"This is an emergency," Quinn said at the time. "This is a crisis. This requires the full attention of those who were elected to the General Assembly." A bipartisan committee has since been created to work through the pension issue, but it has not yet ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn continues fight to block lawmakers' pay

A judge says Governor Pat Quinn went too far this summer when he blocked paychecks for Illinois lawmakers. ... The governor stands by his actions, saying it's his best option for cajoling the General Assembly into overhauling the state's pension systems.

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Judge Orders Pay for Illinois Lawmakers

John J. Cullerton, the president of the Senate, and Michael J. Madigan, the speaker of the House, sued Mr. Quinn, arguing that his action violated a section of the Illinois Constitution that says the salaries of members of the General Assembly cannot ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn says he'll appeal on salaries lawsuit

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he disagrees with a Cook County judge who's ruled the Chicago Democrat has to reinstate lawmakers' pay. Quinn says he intends to appeal and will seek a stay that would prevent any paychecks from being issued until ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Cook County judge to rule on Illinois same-sex marriage Friday

Ultimately, if same-sex marriage advocates are successful in their constitutional challenge, it could take the pressure off the Illinois General Assembly from having to take legislative action. The Illinois Senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago enrollment dip doesn't cost principals

Principals at 308 Chicago schools are breathing a sigh of relief, even as the landscape of Chicago's public school system continues to shift. New enrollment figures show 60 percent of all district-run schools got fewer students than CPS had projected ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Duly Noted: Board of Education lays out plan to invest in facilities

An assessment of Chicago Public Schools' buildings showed that there's a total of about $3.5 billion worth of needed school repairs throughout the district. The Board of Education, as mandated by the state, approved a Master Plan for the district's ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

What Colleges Will Teach in 2025

The last time these questions were in circulation was in the 1980s, the years in which Education Secretary Bill Bennett pushed for renewed emphasis on the humanities and Allan Bloom of the University of Chicago published The Closing of the American ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

New park playground to open Oct. 5

The change required a signoff from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and a rebidding of part of a construction contract, the board was told. But now the playground is on track to open while there's still good weather to play outside, Piekarz ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

MP Supports Dog Park Plan

“We sent a letter to the village wanting to know if there was any problem with us pursuing development of a dog park since the property was leased from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) by the village,” Mt. Prospect Park Dist ...

September 27, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Mayor Copeland has his eye on reducing crime

The city of East Chicago is set to award $200,000 in gaming revenue to the East Chicago Housing Authority to increase public safety in the Calumet area. The East Chicago Housing Authority has implemented a new system of surveillance operations that ...

September 26, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Public Sector Roundup: Administration Told to Insist on Back Pay for Federal ...

After the collapse of a tentative agreement between the Chicago Police Department and the union representing its 1,100 sergeants, an arbitration panel awarded the sergeants an 8 percent wage increase over four years, but sidestepped the controversial ...

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