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September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago Bulls come out winners with World Cup play

With Derrick Rose emerging from the World Cup healthy, the debate is likely over on whether or not it was a good idea for him to play. Rose now has a six week head start on removing some rust which can only be viewed as a good thing. Despite his poor ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Beaten by Chicagos Dirtiest Cop

“Over there at 63rd and College Grove, I talked to guys up there,” says Paul McKinley, a native of the city's south side and an outspoken critic of Evans, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “And they said Glenn Evans ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

County Seeks Ideas for Old Cook County Hospital Redevelopment

The goal of the two events is to unlock the “inherent value” of the historic building, said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “Previous redevelopment efforts focused solely on the building itself. With this effort, we're asking civic groups ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Are residents being priced out of Austin's housing market?

After rehabbing them, the hope is to rent them out at a profit, a substantial portion of which probably coming from Section 8 renters — The federal low-income housing program is administered by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). The large investors ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

... Housing Administration data for The Associated Press by Reverse Market Insight, a California-based company. This year, Philadelphia was followed by Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago. ... In the coming weeks, FHA, a division of the Housing and ...

September 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Avondale Housing Complex For Disabled Gets $1 Million in TIF Funding

Full Circle Communities is a Northbrook-based non-profit that buys up and rehabs buildings with the goal of "developing, preserving, and managing quality housing, and providing additional services and educational services to the residents of such ...

September 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

IDOT to retain 103 hired despite anti-patronage rules

George Ryan. About 60 percent of the hires were made during Quinn's administration, the rest mostly under Democrat Rod Blagojevich. Newly appointed IDOT Secretary Erica Borggren announced last month that 58 staff assistants would be laid off Sept. 30.

September 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Guest view: You should decide if unions get your cash

Rod Blagojevich successfully unionized 20,000 home-care providers in a similar program in 2003. As a result, many families were forced to pay dues to a union they disagreed with and did not choose to join. Pam, along with families in both programs ...

September 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

It's Official: Ald. Fioretti To Challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel

(CBS) – Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti made it official today, announcing he will run for mayor and challenge incumbent Rahm Emanuel in 2015. As supporters gathered in a South Loop gym on Wabash Street, chanting “Bob!”, Fioretti said the story of ...

September 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Is Durbin hurting Illinois by bashing corporate-tax avoiders?

Paul O'Connor, Chicago's top corporate recruiter during the Richard M. Daley administration, calls the verbal barrage “a stinky frosting on the cake” of widespread negative perceptions about Illinois' business climate. Of course, a U.S. senator—even ...

September 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

RICH JAMES: Pfleger makes himself an NRA target

Mike Pence likes to talk about how the Indiana tax climate is so much better than is the case in Illinois. So true. But you ... Neither Pence nor members of the Republican-controlled General Assembly have the guts to stand up to the NRA. The same can ...

September 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Pay for women, other measures of equality still lagging in Indiana

Northwest Indiana has a relatively diverse contingent in the Indiana General Assembly, including four female legislators — Sen. Earline ... “I know that in Illinois they have a female chair of their revenue committee, which you didn't see as much in ...

September 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Bernard Schoenburg: Be careful when they talk of property taxes

The state Department of Revenue reported in the spring that more than 180,000 households in Illinois claimed more than $500 for the credit last year, so those people would actually pay more overall. Quinn had argued that lower-income folks would be ...

September 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Baraka, Chicago union head talk education reform, politics

Lewis said education reform efforts in Newark are similar to those taking place in cities across the nation. The union head made headlines in 2012 after she led a nine-day strike over the teachers contract, after Chicago Public Schools announced it was ...

September 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids among 15 safest cities for drivers

“Cedar Rapids and Des Moines are places that are getting the message,” said Stephanie Howell, Allstate spokeswoman. “People in those cities are slowing down and avoiding distracted driving.” Fort Collins, Colorado, was the top city for safe driving ...

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