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August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

City Council deciding which IG should investigate them

That's even though aldermen created the Legislative IG and handpicked Faisal Khan to fill the job to keep the power to investigate aldermen out of the hands of the city's Inspector General Joe Ferguson, as former Mayor Richard M. Daley had requested.

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Attention students! Amtrak may expand Chicago-to-Carbondale service

The state now subsidizes two of the three daily trips, costing Illinois taxpayers $10.5 million a year, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Mr. Quinn has argued that the expenditure is worth it to help get Chicago-area students get ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Illinois Yields Approach Junk as 2014 Rally Falters

As a result, the $35.7 billion budget approved by the General Assembly doesn't cover operations. In the meantime, the state will stiff vendors, borrow and delay employee payments. Legislative leaders have said they'll address those tax and spending ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

How Does Illinois' Income Tax Compare to the Rest of the Country?

Some members of the General Assembly have expressed support for continuing the 5 percent rate into 2015 to help the state pay off debts. Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn has led the charge. His opponent, Republican nominee Bruce Rauner, has said ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Bernard Schoenburg: Voter integrity talk draws questions

After his comments appeared in print, I was provided video by RIKEESHA PHELON, Illinois spokeswoman for the Democratic Governors Association, of Republican gubernatorial candidate BRUCE RAUNER at a Nov. 23 term limits town hall meeting in ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Quinn signs payroll card bill

Pat Quinn signed into law on Wednesday a bill that allows employers to use payroll cards as long as they don't make them a condition of employment. “We don't want unfair, artificial fees to be attached to those payroll cards. We don't want to have ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Rauner says Quinn, teachers benefit from Cayman Islands investments

Pat Quinn Is A Member Of The General Assembly Retirement System, Which Is Managed By The Illinois State Board Of Investment. “The Illinois State Board of Investment (ISBI or Board) has fiduciary responsibility for managing the pension assets of the ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn to send state troopers to serve fugitive warrants in city

Gov. Pat Quinn to send state troopers to serve fugitive warrants in city. BY FRAN SPIELMAN AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters August 6, 2014 1:44PM. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Gov. PQuinn leaders from across state sign historic educatireform ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Pat Quinn administration has yet to explain IDOT hiring fix

SPRINGFIELD — When a good-government campaigner sued Gov. Pat Quinn in April over political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, the administration responded that it already had taken action by reviewing and reclassifying jobs, which ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Chicago Teachers Union Forms New Progressive Group

“The coalition's goal is to hold Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's feet to the fire as the first-term Democrat campaigns for re-election and renegotiates labor agreements. The most problematic is the Chicago Teachers Union contract, which expires next June.

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Chicago teachers union pres wants no part of Campbell Brown's 'stank ...

Former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is now an education activist and making no friends among the teachers unions. She is currently supporting a parents' lawsuit in New York challenging teacher tenure on the grounds that it violates the state ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

A trip to Chicago's last farm

The Chicago Board of Education created the school in July 1984, and it opened its doors in September 1985. I have to say that it has a special place in my heart because it was the vision of a former editor of mine, Marlin Landwehr. Landwehr wrote ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Chicago Midway is Southwest Airlines' biggest base; 64 destinations served ...

Chicago Midway is the world's 79th busiest airport (2013 rankings), but it is also the biggest operational base for the world's biggest low-cost carrier, Southwest Airlines, delivering over 7% of its total weekly seats, which are split across a 91 ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Quinn to send state troopers to serve fugitive warrants in city

Emanuel accepted and applauded the governor's offer after meeting with civic, religious and community leaders at Kennedy-King College about ways to combat gang violence. “The governor ... The mayor never mentioned the offer Quinn made that Chicago ...

August 07, 2014 @ 7:07 AM

Man does post-Lolla backflip off Chicago River bridge

City law prohibits swimming in so-called unsafe waters, including the Chicago River, according to Chicago Police Officer Jose Estrada, a department spokesman. The Chicago River has long been considered unsafe to drink or swim in, and even a quick dip ...

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