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April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Voice of the People, Apr. 23

Kim Bobo, executive director, Interfaith Worker Justice, Chicago. — Jorge Ramirez, president, Chicago Federation of Labor. Wage payments. The American Payroll Association is deeply concerned over the inflammatory portrayal of payroll cards offered in ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CTA suing parents of graffiti offenders

"We hope these lawsuits will serve as a deterrent to all those who might be tempted to vandalize a train car or other CTA property," President Forrest Claypool said in a news release. "Our cameras will capture the crime, and the police will use those ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CTA Cameras Helping Catch More Vandals

... the first three months this year – as many graffiti arrests as all of last year. CTA President Forrest Claypool said, without those cameras, it's unlikely arrests would have been made, and the vandals might still be tagging CTA buses, trains, and ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Man at Rauner Campaign

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Man at Rauner Campaign. Mayor Emanuel is taking exception to a round of robo-calls made by the gubernatorial campaign of Republican nominee Bruce Rauner. The phone calls are being made to homeowners in Chicago, informing ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Mayor Emanuel Announces Chicago Exceeds City's Residential Retrofit Goal ...

CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--April 22, 2014. As part of the 2014 Earth Day celebration, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that the residential partnerships of the City's Retrofit Chicago program, is ahead of schedule on the Mayor's goal to retrofit residential ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

A single-party state

Now, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Mayor Richard M. Daley have tipped the scales in the wealth direction. From corporate boards to constant fundraising endeavors, their cash flow soars in and out-of-town.

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Pension Measures in Doubt as Quinn Withholds Signature

A recovery effort championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who in 2011 succeeded 22-year incumbent Richard M. Daley, is imperiled as almost $20 billion in unfunded pension promises burden the nation's third-most-populous city. Chicago's credit rating has ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Democratic National Committee asks Chicago to apply for 2016 convention

The last time Democrats held their national convention in Chicago was 1996, when Richard M. Daley was mayor. That event went off smoothly, putting the city in a new light after the riots that tarred Chicago's national reputation during the 1968 ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Pawnshop that sold gun used to kill cop agrees to report more on sales

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley waged a high-profile, six-year legal battle trying to prove that the firearms industry was responsible for the gun violence here -- including its financial toll -- because it saturated the market with so many cheap, easily ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

NUT looks to Chicago for inspiration on how to take on government

The union – England's largest – is “now truly an organising union”, Christine Blower, general secretary, proudly told her members this morning. “We've learned from others, particularly perhaps the Chicago Teachers' Union,” she said in her speech to the ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn: “When Quinn is in, the Hawks win”

Gov. Pat Quinn stopped by the Allstate Showcase Studio this morning to talk with Steve. They discussed Chicago sports, the housing market, the campaign trail, and the recent “disturbing” influx of murders in Chicago. Visit for ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CPS puts $100 million price tag on mayor's A/C-in-schools edict

Ravenswood Elementary School, housed in the oldest school building in Chicago, raised money from parents to put window units in just two preschool classrooms, said Principal Nate Manaen, who was thrilled Tuesday to hear about eventual salvation from ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Public Schools teacher blogger nominated for national award

I tell my students to advocate for themselves—so I'm going to do the same. Because of my blog, this Chicago Public Schools teacher earned a nomination for the national Education Commentator / Blogger Award at the 2014 Annual Bammy Awards, an event ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Public School system pushing food stamps

Chicago Public School parents received robocalls last week encouraging them to sign their children up for food stamps and free or low-cost health insurance. “Currently there are 68,000 children in the Chicago Public Schools that are not enrolled in ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CPS mulls privatizing 3 more schools

"The privatization is much more aggressive than I thought," said Valerie Leonard, co-founder of the Lawndale Alliance and a member of Chicago Public Schools' North Lawndale Community Action Council. Related; CPS delays new test for private school ...

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