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April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Former Mayor Daley Could Testify In Park Grill Lease Lawsuit

The city's ongoing lawsuit to break the 30-year lease it signed with the restaurant team that runs Millennium Park's Park Grill could pit Chicago's two most recent mayors against each other in court. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley could testify next ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Bobbie Gregg is the new director of the Illinois Department

Gregg spent four years as a lawyer for Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration in the 1990s and, before that, two years as a federal prosecutor in Chicago. She worked for corporate giants JPMorgan Chase and Aon before returning to school in 2009 and ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Illinois Senate adjourns without vote on tax plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An effort to let Illinois voters consider a proposed overhaul of the state's income tax system died Tuesday in the General Assembly, but there's still a strong possibility the November ballot could include an unprecedented ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

College students gather in Springfield to lobby for MAP grant

This proposed increase is the dominant theme of this year's MAP Matters Day rally, an event organized by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission that helps college students raise awareness for MAP funding. “The MAP grant is important across the ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Deadline set for Quinn to respond to request for hiring probe

(AP) — A federal judge says Gov. Pat Quinn has until June 6 to respond to a request for an investigation into hiring practices under the Democrat's administration. Judge Sidney Schenkier set that deadline at a hearing in Chicago Tuesday regarding an ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Criminal probe of Quinn anti-violence plan rocks governor's race

A criminal grand jury has launched a probe into Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program, once likened to “a political slush fund” — delivering a major blow to the Democrat as he seeks re-election this fall. On Tuesday, the Quinn administration ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Bridge or Back Door?

Grounds said that in teaching the class, she is more careful of her choice of words and purposely employs such ESL-friendly teaching strategies as repeating words and writing key phrases on the board. ... The continuing expansion of these programs ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Skepticism greets big East promises

... heavily on frequent assessments and interventions. Former Rochester schools Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard said in a recent phone interview that while he believes East can improve, that changes need to be made slowly and selectively. Tags: News.

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

More Chicago students to get free college courses

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 3,000 Chicago Public Schools students will get to enroll in free college courses at the City College of Chicago beginning this fall. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, public schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and City Colleges Chancellor ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Mayor Emanuel, Chancellor Hyman, and CEO Byrd-Bennett Announce 3100 ...

CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--April 29, 2014. With Chicago Public Schools (CPS)' freshman on track rate to graduate rising to 82% and City Colleges of Chicago's (CCC) graduation rate steadily increasing, Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Durbin and DeVry Spar Over Senator's Letter to High Schools

Richard Durbin of Illinois sent high school principals in his state a letter Tuesday urging them to shield their students from the "often irresistible lure" of for-profit colleges -- drawing a pointed response from one of his constituents, DeVry ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Body found along Des Plaines River near Lyons died by own hand

A body found along the Des Plaines River on property under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has been ruled a suicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, according to an MWRD spokeswoman.

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Insurance firm wants to recoup flood payouts

The company claims the county, municipalities and agencies such as the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) were negligent in not taking reasonable steps to prevent the flooding. In addition, the lawsuit claims the ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Facing History and Ourselves aims to empower young people

Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle of Chicago began her professional life as a history teacher. “This is an organization that not only focuses on history but some of the tough challenges we face in looking at our past, so I am a strong ...

April 30, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

More cops will patrol parks, transit system to curb summer violence

The Chicago Police Department is getting ready to combat violence this summer with special overtime patrols in parks and public housing and on public transit, officials said Tuesday. The partnership between police, the Chicago Transit Authority, the ...

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