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July 08, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Deadly Fourth of July weekend in Chicago: 82 shot, 14 killed

Over the course of 84 hours during the Independence Day holiday in Chicago, 82 people were shot and 14 were killed, prompting calls from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to put a stop to gun violence in the city. The number of dead could rise because several of the ...


July 08, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

National teachers' union wants Education secretary's resignation over tenure flap

Delegates of the National Education Association adopted a business item July 4 at its annual convention in Denver that called for his resignation. The vote underscores the long-standing tension between the Obama administration and teachers' unions ...


July 08, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Texas Gov. Perry back in town on a raiding mission

Pat Quinn and his boys already are shooting back. Mr. Perry and a delegation from ... "While Texas has no income tax, it must rely heavily on sales and property taxes that hit part of its population extremely hard," the Quinn statement says. "Texas ...


July 08, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

CPS 'welcoming schools' slated to lose 5% of their budgets

Last fall, Chicago Public Schools heralded benefits such as science labs, iPads and extra cash going to schools that would take in students from permanently shuttered schools. This year, those same schools are losing, on average, about 5 percent of ...


July 08, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Lakeview residents air concerns about Wrigley Field plans

The city's landmarks commission is expected to review the latter idea at its meeting Thursday. The plan is part of a new renovation blueprint for the 100-year-old stadium that is dramatically different from the Wrigley plans the city of Chicago ...


July 08, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

WEF & WBC will jointly present Chicago Water Summit 2014

CHICAGO — The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and World Business Chicago (WBC), with support from the City of Chicago, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Chicago Sisters Cities International, will jointly present ...


July 08, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Rahmbo's Chicago Has Become a War Zone

Just 8 percent of African-Americans are supporting Emanuel for re-election, and some prominent members of the black community are publicly urging Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to run. Preckwinkle, who is African-American and a former ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Public sector unions growing

10, 2012, file photo shows thousands of public school teachers rallying outside the Chicago Public Schools district headquarters on the first day of strike action over teachers' contracts in Chicago. A majority of union members today now have ties to a ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Area Events Listings For July 2nd, 2014

Live music and fireworks are help every Thursday with the exception of Friday August 29th for Labor Day weekend. ... Mike Giles, from the North Carolina Coastal Federation will talk to us about the natural history of our most precious resource ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Positive Thoughts on Dark Times

With the drying up of China as the world's reserve pool of passive, cheap workers, the global labor market tightens increasing the capacity of workers to successfully struggle for better working conditions and wages. .... It is tempting to be ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Commentary: Supreme Court's reasoned rulings strike blows to progressivism

Rod Blagojevich, of fragrant memory, decreed that thousands of home health care workers are government employees, and resulted in the Service Employees International Union being recognized as their representative. In 2009, an executive order from the ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

'Spinning Illinois like a top': Gov Quinn jumps on birth control bandwagon

It's almost as if he's trying to deceive people. An Illinois Democrat wouldn't do that, would they? Somebody call Rod Blagojevich or Jesse Jackson Jr or Barack Obama. We need a ruling. Gee, why don't I believe him? @GovernorQuinn @featherchick #IL—


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Northwestern Gets an Assist

This past spring, Northwestern football players approached the Chicago regional office of the labor board hoping to unionize as the College Athletes Players Association. The director of the office, Peter Sung Ohr, ruled that, under the National Labor ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Attorney returns to White House under legal siege

His political clients included Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a witness in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He also represented former Cabinet secretaries Federico Pena and Alexis Herman when they were facing investigations ...


July 07, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Paul Kersey: Court rebukes unions for power grab

Rod Blagojevich to allow two groups of people to be unionized, people caring for the developmentally disabled in the state Medicaid program and daycare providers for low-income children. Neither group had ever been considered state employees, and ...


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