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July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Lessons from America: why colleges must collaborate rather than compete

In May, I was part of a group of vice chancellors that visited America to learn how its education institutions are tackling the challenges of globalisation. The visit offered a window into Chicago's higher education system, including the city's ...

July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Minimum wage convention held in Chicago

More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of a campaign that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. Wearing T-shirts that said “Fight for $15” and “We Are Worth More,” the ...

July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

West's water worries rise as Lake Mead falls

Officials of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's offices here, who control the river flow and distribution of water within legal guidelines, expect Lake Mead's level to decline a bit more before recovering some as water held further upstream in Lake ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

'Rita's Law' should help fight corruption

Illinois' last two governors, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, ended up in prison on corruption charges, and before them, ex-governors Otto Kerner and Dan Walker did time for their crimes. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, D-Chicago, is currently behind ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Christie brings $2.5 million for Rauner, springs for hot dogs

Bill Brady of Bloomington, contributing nearly $7.9 million to what ended up as a close but losing bid to defeat Quinn in the Democrat's first election after taking over the governor's office following Rod Blagojevich's removal from office. On Friday ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Community Activists Recognized for Rallying Public Support to Help Solve ...

Alderman Edward M. Burke (14 th) officially presented a City Council resolution to Wallace “Gator” Bradley (left) and Andrew Holmes (right) recognizing their efforts to rally community support to assist police in solving the tragic murder of Chicago ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Ex-Ald. Shiller may not be a lock for new Council analyst post

Shiller's candidacy is being championed by Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), chairman of the City Council's Budget Committee. Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th) has also endorsed Shiller. Housing Committee Chairman Ray Suarez (31st) is ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Aurora Aldermen OK MediPot Rules

Aldermen in Aurora unanimously approved the rules this week. They require marijuana growers and retailers to submit their plans for operations, security and disposal to the city west of Chicago after being issued a state license. Aurora Planning ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Could His City's Brutal Violence Be Rahm Emanuel's Downfall?

Emanuel, currently campaigning for reelection as the city's mayor, might have a hard time making his case as his constituents grow increasingly wary of venturing outside. As former Chicago alderman and current political science professor Dick Simpson ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

The Beauty of Chicago

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. The city was always a magical place where my family would go see seasonal decorations, museums, theater productions, sporting events, and of course eat great food. I loved the city of Chicago and throughout my ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago aldermen ask City Hall watchdog to probe red light ticket program

A group of Chicago aldermen has asked City Hall's top watchdog to probe the city's besieged red light ticketing program, raising questions about the oversight, consistency and fairness of a camera system in “continued disorder.” The request follows a ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Higher ed officials look for more ways to keep kids in college

Moreno helps families and high-school students in her community figure out their higher-education options in her work as a member of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission's ISACorps, a two-year program that deploys 85 recent college graduates ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Coalition: Speed up Illinois' fracking rules

The General Assembly passed legislation more than a year ago that was meant to pave the way for hydraulic fracturing — the process of injecting high-pressure water and chemicals underground to extract oil and natural gas. Supporters of fracking lauded ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Kudos for pension opt out

Hopefully, we'll soon be able to read of legislation being proposed that will allow all misguided and other elected officials (but especially those who view such action as truly important to their constituents) to opt out of Illinois' General Assembly ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

States Try to Protect Health Exchanges From Court Ruling

"This is a very different situation for some of my colleagues from when we discussed this in the General Assembly previously," said Greg Harris, a Democrat representing a North SideChicago district. "Now, clearly, people across Illinois will become ...

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