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March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

"Pay It Forward" Tuition Program Passes House

The "pay it forward" plan calls on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to consider programs other states have adopted to address the rising cost of a college education. Such programs allow attendance at community colleges or state universities ...

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Governor Pat Quinn Proclaims March 1-8, 2014 'Get Covered Illinois Week'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. , March 6 -- The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued the following news release: Get Covered Illinois (GCI) is the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace for Illinois residents. GCI team members are ...

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Schaumburg supt. reprimanded, contract renegotiated after plea in DUI case

... during non-school hours and off school grounds, you are reminded that as the superintendent, your conduct, during both school and non-school periods, directly reflects on the district, the board of education, the community, our students and their ...

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

10th District Race: Candidates Sound Off On Elected Chicago School Board, TIF ...

Three of the five candidates vying to unseat incumbent State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) in the crowded 10th District Illinois House race took part in a forum Wednesday night, discussing everything from education to TIFs. Progress Illinois was there ...

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

CPS wants pension reform in Springfield this year

... students graduate 100 percent college-ready and 100 percent college-bound. David Vitale is president of the Chicago Board of Education and Barbara Byrd-Bennett is the CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Copyright © 2014 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC.

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

City Council approves subsidy for McCormick Place hotel

The Marriott Marquis hotel at the corner of Cermak Road and Prairie Avenue is part of a larger agreement between the city and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority to redevelop the area surrounding the Near South Side convention center into an ...

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

U. of C. declines to push specific site for Obama library

"U. of C. is suggesting that we all work together and that there may be strengths in different departments, different institutes and colleges on the different campuses, and that the Chicago region could cobble together not only a library but a museum ...

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Rep. Berrios wants man who harassed her charged

In addition to her father, Berrios has the support of House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Guzzardi has the endorsements of the Chicago Teachers Union, state Sen. Willie Delgado (D-Chicago) ...

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Northwestern justice center sues Cook County officials

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart are named among the defendants. The suit alleges the prevalent violence often occurs while people are handcuffed or shackled. “To cover up these attacks by officers, the victims of these ...

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

10 Democrats vie for Cook water board

The perks of winning a seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board are enticing: $70,000 a year for a part-time job that comes with the use of a county car and the power to hire two full-time staffers and one part-timer, all to oversee a ...

March 07, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Agreement calls for Preckwinkle to oversee effort to ease jail overcrowding

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle would begin overseeing an effort to ease overcrowding at the county jail by releasing detainees on electronic monitoring under an agreement reached this week with the sheriff. The agreement, which still ...

March 06, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

GOP governor candidates debate unions' role

CHICAGO — A major union's endorsement became a central focus of a debate between the Republican candidates for Illinois governor on Wednesday. State Sens. Kirk Dillard and ... The event came the same day that the American Federation of State, County ...

March 06, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Wednesday's Top Stories in the United States

The Federal Reserve's latest survey of economic conditions around the nation, released Wednesday, found less robust economic growth in recent weeks, with much of the softness apparently due to weather conditions. The so-called "beige book," based on ...

March 06, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Will Bruce Rauner Be Scott Walker 2.0 for Illinois Unions?

Over the last few years, Republican governors in the Midwest have frequently done battle with organized labor, particularly public employee unions. In 2011, Wisconsin Gov. ... In a November 2012 Chicago Tribune editorial, Rauner opined that Illinois is ...

March 06, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

GOP candidates for Illinois governor to debate

CHICAGO (AP) — All four Republicans campaigning for Illinois governor prepared to verbally spar in the second to last of their Chicago debates Wednesday, the same day one candidate got backing from the state's largest public workers' union. Labor has ...

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