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April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chuck Sweeny: Senator Steve Stadelman backs bill to restore fairness to ...

“A state Board of Education study said Illinois' current system is one of the most, if not the most, inequitable in the country, derived from a funding formula that doesn't meet today's needs.” Manar is a freshman senator who used to be Senate ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Noble Ends $5 Detention Fee

Realistic options for more revenue Chicago Sun-TimesL The Chicago Teachers Union and others have pushed a financial transaction tax and eliminating tax-increment-financing districts, both of which sound good on paper but have more downsides than ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

One Big Reason We'll See More of Gov. Pat Quinn in the Stateline

ROCKFORD -- Why is Governor Quinn making his second visit to Rockford in less than a week? Maybe he knows something pollsters know, which he that he is at the beginning of the political fight of his life -- one likely even more formidable than his ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

The Future of Maggie Daley Park

“This allows us to do what we need to do to add topography to the site, and it doesn't degrade, which allows us to put the plantings in and keep the soil limits low,” said Chicago Park District CEO Michael Kelly. “And we're going to go over 1,000 trees ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn tours the state to tout housing program

Illinois Housing Development Authority spokeswoman Cami Freeman disputed the Rauner campaign's contention after Quinn's Chicago appearance, saying the program is not new, but offers a better interest rate and a larger down payment than previous ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Cloud drives county honcho from one public job — and into another

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle listens as James D'Amico, director of facilities management for Cook County, speaks during a press conference to announce significant energy savings across the county through the efforts of their ongoing ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Fioretti rips Emanuel, sounds like a candidate for mayor

That is, if Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the mayoral challenger City Hall fears most, decides not to run. “Clearly, the polls support her. There have been quite a few serious polls that have been done that say that Toni could beat him ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Public housing program to provide second chances

Emanuel and Michael Merchant, director of the Chicago Housing Authority, voiced support March 28 for the Reentry Project, contending that the CHA's strict ban on occupants with criminal records limits their ability to find housing. Under the pilot, 30 ...

April 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Woman alleges housing voucher discrimination in pricey Chicago buildings

Tens of thousands of Chicago families rent in the private market using a housing voucher. Renters with vouchers only have to pay a portion of their rent. The Chicago Housing Authority administers the program and picks up the rest. CHA has been ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Tom Kacich: Magazine examines Callis' campaign narrative

I remember Rod Blagojevich's tear-inducing tale of how his father worked at a Chicago steel mill. Rod didn't have it so tough, ... His biggest donors, though, are his Democratic Senate colleagues and labor unions. Frerichs got $50,000 ... Don Harmon, D ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

GOP happy Madigan pulled plug on 'millionaire tax' proposal

Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, returned to Illinois from his school job out east and promptly started working as a consultant at a company headed by Rod Blagojevich's former budget chief. The opinions expressed are the writer's. Kurt Erickson is ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

The Most Important Social Conflicts of 2013

Although the Occupy Wall Street Movement and a few large labor conflicts of 2011 and 2012—the occupation of the state capitol in Wisconsin, and the Chicago Teachers Union strike—had suggested a rising trajectory of social struggle, in the past year ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Private money, public projects: More US states doing deals

Facing a budget crisis in late 2008, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley leased the city's meters for 75 years to a private company for about $1.2 billion. Parking rates and citizen complaints soared. Months later the city's inspector general found that the ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Foam blocks form hilly landscape at Maggie Daley Park site

A soft opening for the $55 million park, named for the late wife of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, is scheduled for fall, and the park will be officially completed by spring 2015. A park district website, features two ...

April 14, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Alumni power: How does DePaul compare in TIME's Most Influential Schools?

DePaul has a score of 30.9 with politicians like former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley and Alderman Ed Burke of Chicago's 14th Ward topping the list. Pete Wentz, Gillian Anderson and John C. Reilly also make the list. Compared to our neighbors to the ...

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