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February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Chuck Sweeny: Businessman Bruce Rauner wants to run Illinois like a business

Rauner made no apologies for contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and to Forrest Claypool in his race for Cook County Board president and Ed Rendell in his run for governor of ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

CTA plans wireless upgrade

It's part of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA president Forrest Claypool's efforts to modernize the mass transit system. The existing infrastructure dates to 2005 and is inadequate to meet current needs. The CTA plans to award a contract for the work ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Why There's Not One Daley on the Power 100 This Year

Mayor Richard J. Daley, center, with sons Richard M. and Bill, in 1962 Photo: Chicago Tribune. Recall a family once so central to Chicago life that pundits handicapped the possibility of a Daley trifecta: Rich as mayor, Bill as governor, John as county ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Feb. 17, 2014 8:33 am

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has again called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish national standards for arsenic in food, particularly in products served to infants and children. In September 2012, Madigan alerted the FDA to ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Carroll prosecutor should push investigation

“Further,” wrote Scott Mulford, an Attorney General's spokesman, “had we received this letter, we would have declined the request because the appropriate entity to seek an investigation is the Illinois State Police.” From the Attorney General's ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Weather postpones Illinois gambling hearing

He supports a measure that would resemble one that failed in the Illinois General Assembly last year. It called for adding five new Illinois casinos, as well as slot machines at Chicago's two international airports. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Illinois Drugged driving law change proposed

The bill has been referred to the Senate Assignments Committee, the first stage toward consideration by the Senate and, later, the full General Assembly. Law enforcement officials, however, have said marijuana's removal as in effect a zero-tolerance ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Major Rally At Illinois Capitol Will Protest Pointless Gun Control Bills

"We're not going away!," will be the message that thousands of Illinois firearm owners will be delivering to members of the Illinois General Assembly on March 5th as the 2014 edition of Illinois Gun Owners' Lobby Day (iGOLD) comes to the capitol city.

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Teachers Union To State Lawmakers: Don't Extend Pension Reform Law To City ...

A report released by the Chicago Teachers Union proposes any attempts to apply the framework of Illinois' recently passed pension reform law on Chicago's underfunded pensions would have negative consequences on the city including destabilizing the ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Chicago unions call for tax hikes instead of pension cuts

The We Are One Chicago group contended that cutting pension benefits would send negative economic ripples through the city and suburbs where retired Chicago Public Schools and city workers live. The impacts of pension benefit cuts would hit women and ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jacqueline Vargas

Through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Vargas received an internship with the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service agency. Vargas said she first applied for an HACU conference held in ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Pension overhaul shouldn't slash retirement income: city unions

He wants an Illinois General Assembly that has already solved the Chicago Park District's pension problems to use that plan as a road map for other city unions. And he wants lawmakers to impose the same pension reforms on Chicago teachers that they did ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Worcester Receives Grant for Creative Solutions on Transportation

Worcester has received a grant from the Art of Science Learning to pursue creative, cross-disciplinary solutions to the city's transportation problems. Worcester is one of three cities to receive an award, along with Chicago and San Diego. The three ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Blocking carp only part of Army Corps' $15 billion plan

Since 2008, Chicago has discharged more than 31 billion gallons of sewage-laced wastewater back into the lake, according to records provided by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. That's more than three times what Milwaukee ...

February 18, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

Emanuel, Preckwinkle make rare dual endorsement

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are expected to weigh in Tuesday on a West Side Democratic primary contest for county commissioner, backing a young first-time candidate in a crowded field that includes a former ...

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