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September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago mayor wants marijuana decriminalized across Illinois

The Windy City leader spoke in support of decriminalizing pot possession across the Prairie State during an appearance on Tuesday this week before the Illinois General Assembly, where he testified for an hour-and-a-half, according to the Chicago ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Exelon puts an opening price tag on nuclear rescue: $580 million

23 hearing before the Illinois Commerce Commission, Exelon Senior Vice President Kathleen Barron put a price tag on what the Chicago-based nuclear giant believes is necessary to keep at least most plants in Illinois open, the first public indication ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Rauner uses Harold Washington criticism of Quinn in new ad

Looking to dampen African-American support for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn at the ballot box, Republican challenger Bruce Rauner on Wednesday unveiled a new radio and TV ad featuring the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington criticizing Quinn's job ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Footage Of Former Chicago Mayor Attacking Pat Quinn: 'Only Regret' Is We 'Kept ...

Candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner released a scathing attack ad against Governor Pat Quinn this week featuring former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's fiery criticism of the governor. “I would never appoint Pat Quinn to do anything,” ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago Coalition To Revitalize Dyett High School Stages Sit-In At Mayor's ...

The Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett in 2012 due to poor academic performance, and the school is slated to close completely in 2015 after its last senior class graduates. The activists with the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

CPS promises to clean up custodial issues

Tim Cawley, CPS' chief administrative officer, took responsibility for the new procedures and said the decision to privatize much of the custodial work was made in light of “daunting financial challenges” faced by the district. “So we have to strive ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago schools getting more Safe Passage workers

CHICAGO (AP) - Another 15,000 students at 27 more Chicago public schools will be seeing Safe Passage workers in their neon vests on their way to and from school. The Chicago Public Schools said the Board of Education on Wednesday approved the ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

US EPA Administrator To Spotlight Economic Benefits Of Water Infrastructure ...

This exclusive WEFTEC press event will explore the idea of investing in water and wastewater infrastructure as one of the best ways to put people to work and grow a stronger, more financially secure and competitive nation. ... Conference of Mayors, and ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Cook County adopts new Class 7c property tax incentive: key points for ...

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has adopted a new commercial real-estate tax incentive known as the Class 7c Commercial Urban Relief Eligibility incentive aiming to encourage real-estate development in the Chicago region. Class 7c is available ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago Transit Authority Reports Fewer People Trespassing on Tracks

A campaign to remind people to stay off city train tracks appears to be paying off as the Chicago Transit Authority said reports of people trespassing on its tracks have dropped significantly in the last 12 months. railroad safety sign. “We're pleased ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Fate of Cook County Hospital to Be Decided in Coming Weeks

The fate of Chicago's old Cook County Hospital is likely to be decided in the coming weeks. Earlier this year, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that the county would finally revive the discussion of a future redevelopment and ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Quinn belittles Rauner attack ad featuring Harold Washington

Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were among signatories on a joint statement condemning the ad. “Harold Washington would be rolling over in his grave to see this desperate commercial run by a billionaire who didn ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Hey Mayor Emanuel: White people smoke reefer too

Thanks to that article and others like it—not to mention pressure from Toni Preckwinkle and other pols—Mayor Emanuel felt compelled to inch towards decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot. As wimpy as that legislation was, I still think it ...


September 25, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Amid L&I overhaul talk, Clarke offering plan to restructure Phila. agencies

In his search, Wetzel said he looked at Cambridge, Mass.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Chicago. "We found that other cities take a more holistic and comprehensive approach than ... The housing division would oversee the Housing Trust Fund and a new body ...


September 24, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Gap suffers as store slump curbs school-clothes buying

Shoppers were expected to spend about $26.5 billion in the back-to-school period, a drop of 0.7 percent from 2013, according to the National Retail Federation, which hasn't updated its figures since giving that forecast in July. The predicted decline ...


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