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September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Reeder: Illinois' Public Enemy No. 1: State spending

And keep in mind, Illinois got to this point despite the fact that our General Assembly passed, and our governor signed, 21/2 years ago a “temporary” increase in the state income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent. Every working adult in Illinois is now ...


September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Education Activists To Hold First 'People's School Board Meeting ...

Community members upset with the "damaging" education policies endorsed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appointed school board will hold their first "People's School Board Meeting" Wednesday, the same day as the Chicago Board of Education's ...


September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Pat Quinn, Alderman Float Potential For State Police To Help Combat Chicago ...

Chicago's top cop is saying "no thanks" to the idea of outside forces like Illinois State Police and the National Guard coming into the city to help curb gun and gang violence. "The National Guard is not a policing force, they are a military force ...


September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn releases some insurance rates for Illinois

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is trickling out information about what Illinois health insurance prices will be on the new marketplace that's a backbone of President Barack Obama's health care law. Quinn's office announced Tuesday the ...


September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Selects Pelli Firm to Design ...

Architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli was selected to design the McCormick Place Event Center, which will include a home for DePaul men's and women's basketball. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority released today preliminary architectural ...


September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Excitement Builds as Plans Take Shape for IMTS 2014

In his role as the head of IMTS, Peter is the key liaison with the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, McCormick Place, and the various vendors, service providers and trade unions involved in the trade ...


September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

City spent $3.5M on failed Midway privatization deal

Privatizing Midway Airport could have left Chicago with $500 million — even after debt was retired — to shore up city pensions and build infrastructure projects. Instead, it ended up costing Chicago taxpayers $3.5 million. That's how much money Mayor ...


September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Army Corps plan could put Didier Farms under water

“We are in discussion with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for expansion at Buffalo Creek,” Maine said. The Corps does not have eminent domain authority to force the plan onto Didier Farm, but Zuercher said the agency could partner with a ...


September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Park district wants more facts on proposed West Park storage tank

That sewage water, which might otherwise back into peoples' basements, could then be released into the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's flood control system in a controller manner, she said. The village doesn't currently have another ...


September 25, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Lansing applauds Cook County's help in opening assisted living facility

LANSING | Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday joined municipal officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially marking the opening of the St. Anthony of Lansing facility. It took nearly eight years and help from Cook County to ...


September 24, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Who's (still) killing Philly public schools?

The form of that sacrifice: $60 million in new revenue from the city, $120 million from the state and $133 million in labor concessions, mostly from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The mayor, who has been facing criticism for .... And Nutter ...


September 24, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Alderman sides with Gov: Send in state police to help combat Chicago gang ...

... from now-convicted Gov. Rod Blagojevich infuriated former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who flatly rejected the offer for fear that it would become a national embarrassment. Contributing: Stefano Esposito. Email: fspielman@suntimes.com. Twitter ...


September 24, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Blago Crony Charged with Medical Fraud

Rod Blagojevich, pleaded guilty on Friday in a medical fraud case. Raghuveer Nayak is charged with bribing doctors to refer patients to surgery centers he owned. Combined, the fraud and tax counts he pleaded guilty to carried a maximum 23-year prison ...


September 24, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

Gov.: Help for Chicago Violence Won't Include Guard

... would not include National Guard troops. The governor is only allowed to deploy the Guard in specific situations like a terrorist threat. The idea has been raised previously by some state lawmakers and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but never ...


September 24, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

CTA's new campaign warns of trespassing dangers

1 priority, in every facet of our operations," said CTA President Forrest Claypool. "We created the campaign as an important reminder to our customers and we believe it will help further promote safe behavior on our rail system." Riders who enter CTA's ...


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