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October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Silence no longer an option, Austin ministers say

Also attending the meeting was Forrest Claypool, president of the Chicago Transit Authority. He told the group about CTA's plans to dedicate at least 265 jobs in upcoming construction projects for recently released offenders, in addition to the already ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Teachers Union Prez Karen Lewis Won't Run For Mayor Due To Illness

One of the most viable candidates against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, will not to run, her campaign announced. Lewis fell ill and was hospitalized last week, reports DNA Info. While her ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel's Potential Challenger Won't Run

It's a sad twist of fate for Karen Lewis, but a very lucky break for Rahm Emanuel. The re-election chances for Chicago's mayor were significantly boosted by the news that Lewis, the combative Chicago Teachers Union leader, won't challenge Emanuel ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Hyde Park policy wonk preparing to run for 5th Ward alderman

After years of studying urban policy in school and at work, Hyde Parker Jocelyn Hare wants to lead the 5th Ward. Hare, 34, is a University of Chicago Harris School graduate, currently serving as a Richard M. Daley Distinguished Senior Fellow consulting ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City of Chicago Celebrates New Bronzeville Development

City officials celebrated the opening of a new mixed-use complex in the Bronzeville community on Tuesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. William Burns (4th) celebrated the opening of Shops and Lofts at 47 with community leaders and project developers ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

$14.5 Million in Contributed Cost Savings for the City of Chicago with New ...

As a result, dotMaps aids Collins' customers such as Chicago Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago's Project Coordination Office (PCO) to efficiently resolve utility conflicts during the City's ongoing public infrastructure work ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

GOP lawmakers call on Quinn to let tax increase expire

BLOOMINGTON — Three Republican state senators from Central Illinois said Tuesday that raising taxes in lame-duck sessions avoids accountability and breeds voter cynicism. Sens. Jason Barickman of Bloomington, Darin LaHood of ... and deterring ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Medical marijuana fees stir debate in Maryland

Only one state — Illinois — is charging a higher upfront cost for growers. Del. Cheryl D. ... The General Assembly first approved legalizing medical uses of marijuana in 2013, but limited it to academic medical centers, which showed no interest ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Public Bodies and Union Contracts: Holding Up Your End of the Bargain

At arbitration, the State argued that the General Assembly had failed to appropriate funds in a sufficient amount to pay the wage increase and that Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, 5 ILCS 315/1 et seq. (West 2008), prohibited the State from paying ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

In Illinois, the 'billionaire' vs. the 'bottom of the barrel'

He's also argued the Democratic governor has continued the legacy of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached by the Illinois General Assembly and later convicted on federal corruption charges. Illinois is still one of the bluest states in the ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Lawsuit history between Carle and Urbana provides insight moving forward

2012: The Illinois General Assembly passes an amendment clarifying criteria for tax-exempt hospitals, SB2194. 2013: The Illinois Department of Revenue issues property tax exemptions for the first time to Carle. 2014: With an approximate 12 percent tax ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel tries to limit pain in budget

Emanuel hopes to get the General Assembly to reduce that amount through a restructuring of those two funds. "Obviously, a lot of the big issues are being put off until after the election, most importantly ... The administration also told aldermen that ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Teachers' Union Head Faces Cancer, Won't Run Against Mayor Emanuel

Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers' Union, rose to national prominence in the United States after leading her union in its first strike in 25 years in 2012. The struggle of the Chicago Teachers' Union captured the attention of people throughout ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn, Rauner make pitch to African-American voters during debate

Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sharply clashed Tuesday night over who could better improve the lives of African Americans during a South Side debate focused on education, crime, jobs and taxes. Rauner is trying to make gains among ...

October 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Barack Obama to campaign for Anthony Brown, Pat Quinn

President Barack Obama will hit the road Sunday in two states on behalf of two Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls: in Maryland for Anthony Brown and in Illinois for Pat Quinn. Both events were confirmed by the White House. Continue Reading ...

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