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January 26, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Chuck Sweeny: Watch out for Illinois' attempt to raise your taxes

Because of gerrymandering, Democrats have been able to elect veto-proof majorities in both houses of the General Assembly, allowing them to raise taxes and increase spending, which is the Democratic Party's philosophy of government. Republicans have ...


January 26, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

CPS monitoring weather, to say Sunday whether Chicago schools will be open ...

Chicago Public Schools officials are monitoring weather conditions and will determine Sunday whether schools will be closed Monday because of subzero temperatures that are forecast. “The safety of students and families is among the district's top ...


January 26, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

New Schools Expo comes after CPS charter schools protest, approvals

January 25, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Parents of Chicago Public School students had a chance to learn more about education options at the New Schools Expo Saturday. Inside of Soldier Field the 7th annual New Schools Expo, 100 schools are being ...


January 26, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Regulations increasing for electronic cigarettes

McHenry County College in 2011 was one of the first community colleges in the Chicago area to become a tobacco-free campus. The no-smoking policy prohibits the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products on any college-owned property.


January 26, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Should IHSA implement the shot clock in basketball?

... jerseys of their respective colleges. And all of them believe the experience they received with the shot clock in high school will better prepare them for the next level in college. Most even went on to say the shot clock should be mandated right ...


January 26, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

N.Y., Chicago take different paths

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is the only logical, viable and formidable choice. A Preckwinkle vs. Emanuel race would be a national headliner, pitting President Barack Obama's former alderman against his former chief of staff. Talk about ...


January 25, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Wisconsin never serious contender for Boeing

There are conservative forces that will contend — at least privately — that Wisconsin desperately needs a right-to-work law that prevents labor contracts from requiring workers to join unions or pay union dues. Some of those 22 states vying for a ...


January 25, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Commentary: State was not a major player in Boeing sweepstakes

There are conservative forces that will contend - at least privately - that Wisconsin desperately needs a right-to-work law that prevents labor contracts from requiring workers to join unions or pay union dues. Some of those 22 states vying for a ...


January 25, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

New DCFS director named

In one high-profile case, Bishop served as the caseworker in a bitter custody dispute involving Baby T, in which Chicago Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, and his wife, Anne Burke, now an Illinois Supreme Court justice, won guardianship of a child who was born ...


January 25, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

7 Central High School students named Illinois State Scholars

Seven Central High School students from the graduating class of 2014 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. This recognition, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), honors the academic achievements of more than ...


January 25, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Workshops help families navigate paying for college

Plano High School Student Services staff members and a representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will be available to help complete the financial aid forms online and to answer questions. Parents attending this second ...


January 25, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Photo finish ahead for Illinois horse racing's 2014 season

29, the General Assembly will gather to hear Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address, marking the final time legislators will convene before the law's expiration date. It's not typically a session at which bills are called for a vote, which is ...


January 25, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Fracking safeguards must be set in place and enforced

The Illinois General Assembly last year approved regulations permitting and governing hydraulic fracturing in the state. The law allows the process to be used in Illinois, once the process of public hearings and rule making is completed. That could add ...


January 25, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Progressive Income Tax May Be Gaining Momentum

Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly have to craft a budget that will see revenue drop off halfway through the fiscal year. That's due to the current income tax hike, which is scheduled to begin dropping back down in 2015. It could likely mean ...


January 25, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Ill. governor candidates lukewarm on new gambling

State Rep. Bob Rita said it will be first in a series of hearings scheduled as the Illinois General Assembly begins its spring session next week. The bill currently calls for adding casinos in Rockford, Danville, Chicago's south suburbs and Lake County ...


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