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March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Oprah Winfrey will sell Harpo Studios in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley presents Oprah Winfrey with a sign after a street was named in her honor in 2011 outside Harpo Studios in Chicago. (AP File Photo). Print · Associated Press By Associated Press The Associated Press Follow on Twitter

March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

In Illinois, Republicans See an Office Up for Grabs

Mr. Rauner is also a friend of Rahm Emanuel, the Democratic mayor of Chicago, and a donor to many candidates, including other Democrats, such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago and Edward G. Rendell, a former Pennsylvania governor.

March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Vanecko's tab at McHenry County Jail: $16 a day

McHenry County taxpayers are subsidizing the incarceration of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew, who asked to serve his 60-day sentence at their jail rather than at the Cook County Jail for killing David Koschman. The $16 a day that Daley nephew ...

March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Franks' bill takes aim at student loan debt

Introduced by Jack Franks, D-Marengo, HB 5323 authorizes the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to study the feasibility of a “Pay It Forward” program. A “Pay It Forward” initiative would allow students to attend college for free and repay their ...

March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Republican governor, Senate candidates make final pitches before primary ...

The Republican candidates for governor spent the final Sunday before the primary election taking aim at Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn as they sought bolster support from their supporters and returned to the themes that launched their campaigns. “We're ...

March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Making school choice a priority

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's war on charter schools should be a wake-up call to people who support school reform in Illinois: On Tuesday, choose carefully. Candidates for governor and the General Assembly have spent a great deal of time ...

March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Election Preview: The Democratic Battle In Illinois' 40th District

"To prevent further damage to Illinois' fiscal condition and credit rating, the General Assembly had to act and begin to restore Illinois' fiscal house," he wrote. Harmston said she "would have voted for something" if she were in Springfield as a ...

March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago Parks and Schools Hit with Moody's Downgrade

Chicago Parks and Schools Hit with Moody's Downgrade. by Yvette Shields. MAR 17, 2014 7:15am ET. The weight of Chicago's credit woes has driven a fresh round of downgrades for the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Park District.

March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Flood projects inch forward in Park Ridge

Aldermen gave unanimous preliminary approval to begin drafting an inter-governmental agreement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to join its sewer construction project slated for 2015 that would provide for drainage of ...

March 17, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

8th District primary among suburbs' hottest races

There are 10 Democratic candidates running for the party's three nominations for the Cook County Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board, tasked with overseeing the county's stormwater management and flood prevention, and collecting and treating ...

March 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Officials working together on mental health facility issues

Years ago, the state wanted to build another wing at the Alton center, 4500 College Ave., but the funding only covered an engineering study, which was completed. The state put the project on a waiting list. Haine said former Gov. Rod Blagojevich cut ...

March 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Mitchell's connection to lobbying firm questioned

The release also links Conlon and Dunn to disgraced ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich, by quoting the Chicago Tribune, which called the firm's co-founder, David Wilhelm, a “Blagojevich confidante.” Wilhelm no longer works for the firm. Mitchell has not been ...

March 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

In Illinois governor's race, venture capitalist up for challenge

Quinn took office in 2009 after the impeachment of Governor Rod Blagojevich. A skilled campaigner, if not a dynamic leader, he is widely regarded as honest and well-meaning. But with an approval rating of just 34 percent late last year, he is also ...

March 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Richard M. Daley biographer visits Vernon Area Library on March 31

Author Keith Koeneman sheds new light on Richard M. Daley's tenure as the mayor of Chicago when he shares his book, “First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley,” at the Vernon Area Public Library on Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m.. Koeneman draws on ...

March 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Why Millard Fillmore is on Theresa Mintle's nightstand

Before landing at the chamber last year, Ms. Mintle was chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel from 2011 to 2013 and a City Council liaison for her distant relative, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley, in the 1990s. In between, she oversaw government relations ...

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