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April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

City homeowners who pay less — and get less — may soon pay more

Year after year, to the applause of grateful aldermen, Mayor Richard M. Daley ruled out property tax increases. The pain may not be deferred much longer. After an attempt to get state legislators to take the burden, it looks like the task of raising ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

House, Senate Approve Chicago Pension Reform Plan

(AP) – State lawmakers on Tuesday approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for overhauling two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade. The Senate voted 31-23 in favor of the ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago: City of makers

The same tech fuel that's powering the startup boom of digital apps, platforms and commerce is also feeding the fire of “old-fashioned” manufacturing. That presents a world of opportunity for people who want to make things and to make businesses out of ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Gene Lee, Chinatown Leader, Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Embezzlement

DNAinfo/Casey Cora. CHINATOWN — Gene Lee, a former aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley and a longtime community leader, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of embezzlement and tax fraud. Lee, 65, was arrested last summer after federal prosecutors said ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Midday News Links: LaSalle County Settles Illegal Strip Search Lawsuit

LaSalle County, Ill. officials settled a lawsuit claiming a Coal City woman was illegally strip searched following a DUI arrest last year. [Tribune]; Gene Lee, a Chinatown community leader who was once deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Richard M ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

North Dakota Joins SARA; First Institutions Approved

The North Dakota University System and Indiana Commission for Higher Education announce approved institutions: Valley City State University (VCSU), Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Minot State University, Indiana State University, and ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Illinois attorney general warning of ATM scam

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the warning is a follow up to a report issued by federal banking regulators that shows illegal withdrawals from banks are on the rise. Authorities say the sophisticated scams allow hackers to get bank ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Ceannate Corp seeks reform of TCPA rules with joint FCC filing

... education sector including the Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Illinois Legislature Passes Emanuel's Pension Bill (UPDATED)

The bill, which only addresses two of the city's four pension plans — all of which are underfunded — cuts benefits, reducing the annual increase seen by pensioners, making it very likely that the bill, if signed, will see a legal challenge ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago pension overhaul OK'd by House, Senate

If Quinn signs the bill, the property tax portion would not become effective until 2016. This date is after the 2015 elections, when the mayor's office and all the aldermanic seats will be decided. The bill is SB1922. For more information go to, http ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Illinois General Assembly votes to pass House Resolution 895; IHSA 'unfairly ...

SPRINGFIELD — On April 7, the Illinois General Assembly voted to pass House Resolution 895 by a 55-51 vote, which calls for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) to meet with the Education Committee for hearings. “We felt unfairly targeted with ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Hundreds of charter school supporters rally in Springfield

But state and federal laws must be upheld, said Jennifer Saba, who heads charter programs at the Illinois State Board of Education. “To just have a program that thrusts kids into ... Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, addressed the rally. “It's good for ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Fix state's school funding system

Before this bill heads for a vote on the Senate or House floor, we'd like to see the results of a pending State Board of Education analysis of how individual districts will be affected. Strong ... Chicago is expected to come out about even. At a time ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

CPS delays new test for private school applicants to public high schools

Chicago Public Schools said today that the standardized test being used for the first time in applications to the city's top selective enrollment schools will also be required for private school students, but that those children won't have to take the ...

April 09, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Private school parents, activists outraged over new MAP test guidelines

Sabrina Shih, a seventh-grade student at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, joins fellow classmates chanting “Wait one year, it's not fair,” in front of the Chicago Board of Education on Tuesday morning.

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