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March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn stands by DNR chief

Miller was among Quinn's first picks as a Cabinet member when the governor took over the state's chief executive position in 2009, following the ouster of Rod Blagojevich. Miller, a Mattoon native, had served under Quinn when Quinn was lieutenant governor.

March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel Screws Voters Out Of A Referendum

Real Democrats aren't afraid of leaving the vote up to the people. And that is why Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the other oligarchs will never be confused with being as such. You see what "our Democrats" do is deny the public their right to weigh in ...

March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Koschman case was too hot for Quinn's top cop

Less than a month after the Chicago Police Department closed the David Koschman case without charging then-Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez decided someone needed to come in to do an “independent ...

March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Pension law means pay cut for state university president

Watson retired as chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago in 2009 and receives an annual pension of $140,000 from City Colleges. By The Associated Press. Lincoln Courier. By The Associated Press. Posted Mar. 8, 2014 @ 1:45 pm. » Comment or view ...

March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

New buses aim to improve security

New buses will hit the streets in May with more surveillance cameras to record bus crime, even as privacy advocates question the cameras' ability to fight crime. As part of the city's $205 million plan to overhaul the entire fleet of Chicago Transit ...

March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Backlog of transit needs confronts task force

Officials say that doesn't bode well for putting Chicago's transit system on par with other major cities, selling points for helping compete for such events as the Super Bowl — as New York recently hosted — or even the 2024 Summer Olympics, as some ...

March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

How Obama Became a Publicist for His Presidency (Rather Than the President)

He was aiming to draw the attention of the Chicago housing authority to the dangers of asbestos at Altgeld Gardens, the housing project where he worked. After a false start and the usual set of evasions by a city agency, a public meeting was finally ...

March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Early release has its risks, rewards

Authorities say Jones shot and killed a man after he was released five months early from prison, and critics didn't hesitate to pin the blame unfairly on Quinn. Politically it's safer to keep people behind bars until every day of their sentence runs ...

March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

DuPage County cuts government with consolidation

About 20 miles west of Chicago, DuPage County is the largest regional government in Illinois to make government consolidation a top priority. It hopes to be a model for Illinois but the county's efforts ... Among the headaches Cronin faced when he took ...

March 10, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Program provides pathway to home independence

Before buying her house on Jefferson Street, Ben-Ismail had lived most of her life in subsidized housing and never had to worry about those sorts of things. She grew up living in properties managed by the Chicago Housing Authority and received ...

March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Kirk Dillard surging in WGN/Chicago Tribune poll while Bruce Rauner loses ...

This comes on the backdrop of a plethora of endorsements, The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Labor Council announced its endorsement of Republican candidate for governor Kirk Dillard and his running mate State Rep. Jil Tracy. Representing more ... In ...

March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Portland vs. Philadelphia match preview – Union gives Timbers first test at home

History would indicate the Timbers haven't lost a home opener in their MLS history – a 2011 win over Chicago, a 2012 defeat of the Union, and a wild draw in 2013 against New York – so they would be a safe pick on March 8. ... There has also been ...

March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

IBM factory strike shows shifting China labor landscape

The strike, which continued into Sunday, fits a growing pattern of industrial activism that has emerged as China's economy has slowed. A worsening labor shortage has shifted the balance of power in labor relations, while smartphones and social media ...

March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Oil field danger slips by OSHA

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration keeps a list of “the worst of the worst” employers in the nation and drilling companies with multiple fatalities should be on it, safety experts say. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James ...

March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Alderman: Chicago plastic bag ban gaining support

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Alderman “Proco” Joe Moreno introduced a new version of the ban at Wednesday's council meeting. Moreno pushed a similar environmental measure last year that would have prohibited Chicago retailers larger than 5,000 ...

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