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June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

CPS chief aims to cut suspensions, expulsions of young kids

First- and second-graders in Chicago Public Schools will be spared from school suspensions if proposed disciplinary changes are approved at this week's Board of Education meeting. And so will students busted for chatting on cellphones in class. CPS CEO ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Emanuel Super PAC Has CPS Connections

CPS inspector general resigning after 12 years in post Sun Times: James Sullivan's work as IG put him on the trail of two school board presidents, a future Chicago Bulls star and a future candidate for governor. He never got a call from former Mayor ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Lisa Madigan Says Choose Chicago Has Right to Remain Silent

City Hall and the government agency Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA, aka "McPier") account for more than 50 percent of the group's financing. In 2013, the city funneled $8 million to the organization including a $3 million grant from ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

CPS watchdog leaving his post

The top watchdog at Chicago Public Schools, who was responsible for uncovering misdeeds by two school board presidents and dozens of school officials, will leave his post at the end of the month. Jim Sullivan, who has been the district's inspector ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Navy Pier finances need sunshine

1) In 2011, James Reilly, chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, lays out a plan to have a not-for-profit run the Pier. 2) Just four days later, Daley's former chief of staff John Schmidt incorporates Navy Pier Inc ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Local government hiring picks up

After laying off workers through most of the recovery, city and county governments are adding jobs at the fastest pace in five years, providing support for the economy's overall payroll gains. Stronger economic growth is driving ... Local governments ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Mariano's mulls expansion beyond Chicago

In an effort to find employees with food service and hospitality skills, the chain has been building relationships with City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. In Monday's speech, Mariano mentioned working with the Instituto del Progresso ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Property Tax Bills Will Rise; Show TIF Diversions

The Chicago Park District and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District also increased their levies last year. The increases in the property tax bills will vary by homeowner but are expected to range from less than 1 percent to over 2 percent. Another ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton advocates for security cameras to be added to ...

In the first three months of this year, Chicago transit cops made 60 arrests on vandalism and graffiti charges — equal to the total for all of last year, said Chicago Transit Authority spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski. “They've been very helpful ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

New GOP chairman Schneider: Governor's race will be decided in Cook County

He says he's honed his skills in nearly two terms on the Cook County Board, time as Hanover Township Republican committeeman and work going back to the 1980s as a Hanover Township trustee and highway commissioner. "We're all in agreement on 90 ...

June 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Edgewater Metra Station in 2015 Excites Neighbors Despite Parking Concerns

... requesting more information about the effect the station would have on parking and what would happen to a community garden at the future site of the station that has been used for years by residents of the neighboring Chicago Housing Authority ...

June 23, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Stanford study: Moving some public workers to Obamacare could save billions

Bhattacharya acknowledged that the conclusions would be vigorously challenged by employee unions across America whose benefits are covered by labor contracts. Indeed, the director of collective bargaining at the American Federation of State, County ...

June 23, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Calm Before the Storm: Carmelo Anthony Checking the City of Chicago

... 2014 1:25 PM EST. Bad news for the New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony is asking people around about the city of Chicago—a sure sign that indeed he is considering signing with the Bulls franchise when he hits free agency come July 1. View Full Image.

June 23, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Should Illinois boost minimum wage to $10/hr?

Pat Quinn is set to approve a November ballot measure asking if Illinois should boost its minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015. Associated Press 10:56 p.m. CDT June 22, 2014. 3 CONNECT 5 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. CHICAGO (AP) ...

June 23, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

CPS inspector general resigning after 12 years in post

James Sullivan will resign as Chicago Public Schools' inspector general at the end of this month, after 12 years of work that put him on the trail of two school board presidents, a future Chicago Bulls star and a future candidate for governor. To this ...

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