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December 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Palos Heights levies for $7.07 million; that's 5.14 percent more than last year

“It's because of the school districts, it's because of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, it's because of the county, it's not because of here.” The total property taxes to be levied by the city for 2014 are $7.071 million. This is an ...


December 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel's evolving position on the minimum wage

July 14, 2014: The Sun-Times releases the results of a poll suggesting trouble for Emanuel's reelection bid, as he trails potential challengers Toni Preckwinkle and Karen Lewis. A month later, a Tribune poll finds that the mayor's approval rating has ...


December 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

The verdict? Potential jurors not impressed by jury pay raise

"Given that Cook County jurors only currently receive $17.20 for a full day of service, our position is that an increase is appropriate," said Karen Vaughn, a spokeswoman for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, in a statement. "However, we're ...


December 05, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Cupich leads prayers for Cook County's unidentified dead

"The names of those buried today are unknown, despite best efforts to determine their identities," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said during the brief service. "Thus, we become their family, and it falls on us to see them off in a ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Candlelight vigil in support of Rock River Academy employees in Rockford

ROCKFORD — Rock River Academy management reportedly fired pro-union employees and indefinitely suspended or laid off others before and after employees voted in August to form a union with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal ... In ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Worker Rights and the Minimum Wage

A study by the University of Chicago utilizing Bureau of Labor Statistics data determined that 47 percent of part-time hourly workers ages 26 to 32 receive a week or less of advance notice for their schedule. The study also found that employers ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Pension overhaul passes: Locally, only Bradley voted for bill

Pat Quinn, D-Chicago. Of Southern Illinois' lawmakers, only Democratic state Rep. John Bradley of Marion voted in favor of the bill. The state's powerful labor unions worked hard but unsuccessfully to derail the legislation, while Quinn — who has ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois Public Employees Prepare for a Bruising Fight with Bruce Rauner

This election season, the Illinois council, Council 31, of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was forthright about holding its nose when choosing between gubernatorial candidates. Bitter with Quinn over his ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Labor Unions Begin Throwing Money Chuy Garcia's Way

Crain's Chicago Business reports Garcia's campaign has received $16,000 from Karen Lewis' campaign fund and is set to see six-figure donations from the American Federation of Teachers, which promised to donate $1 million to Lewis' campaign if she ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Business Briefs: CBL reports positive Black Friday weekend sales

The strengthening of productivity growth combined with a faster drop in labor costs should reassure the Federal Reserve that there is little threat of unwanted inflation pressures harming economic growth any time soon. Greater productivity is the key ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Prosecutors will have to show judge Obama pal is hostile witness

Prosecutors' hostile-witness motion came after Whitaker backed off a deal he struck in 2012 to cooperate with authorities investigating fraud involving numerous grants from the health department, which he headed under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Manning has plenty of thoughts on future, past of Illinois DNR

Yet, Manning's IDNR was trusted by the public and accomplished many things that have not been able to be matched since his departure from the agency when the infamous Rod Blagojevich took over the state Governor's chair in 2003. Manning, the now ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Regional Round-up

CHICAGO (AP) — A civil trial is underway in a federal court in Chicago that involves actions during Rod Blagojevich's time as Illinois governor. The trial involves a pay-to-play deal allegedly involving the imprisoned Blagojevich and a member of the ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

McCormick Place Green Line opening delayed to early 2015: city

At a civic luncheon last week, where CTA President Forrest Claypool discussed transit projects, an audience member asked Claypool when the Cermak station would be ready. He said "late spring." Scales blamed the subzero temperatures earlier this year ...


December 04, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Civil trial involving Blagojevich, racetrack starts in Chicago

CHICAGO — A civil trial is under way in a federal court in Chicago that involves actions during Rod Blagojevich's time as Illinois governor. email · print. Comment. By The Associated Press. The State Journal-Register. By The Associated Press. Posted Dec.


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