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August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Sneed scoop: Daley nephew (and grandson) to run for City Council

Sneed is also told nominating petitions for Thompson, the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, will begin circulating this week. “It's not surprising that Thompson, who won a recent election for Water Reclamation District commissioner, would toss ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Quinn vetoes 'Uber Bill,' some cry for override

Sandoval said he will push to have HB 4075/5331 on the General Assembly's override calendar in November. The Illinois House passed the measure 80-26 in June, and would require only 71 votes for an override. The Senate passed the measure 46-8, and ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Guest essay: Mental health funding can't wait

Illinois wrongly cut its mental heath care budget by $187 million from 2009-2012 alone. Despite the tireless work of mental health advocates throughout our communities, the General Assembly has treated mental health care as an afterthought that can be ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Wildlife Protections into Law

Mountain lions, gray wolves, and black bears are now safe to roam in Illinois, thanks to the leadership of Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois legislature. This last weekend, Governor Quinn signed the Protection of Wildlife Bill, which ensures that ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Reaction overwhelms Ice Bucket Challenge creator

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Yonkers, N.Y., native Pat Quinn says he's been absolutely overwhelmed — and thrilled — with the onslaught of media attention his Ice Bucket Challenge has gotten in recent weeks. "It's been pretty incredible," Quinn said while ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Pat Quinn vetoes statewide ridesharing regulations

A victory for supporters of ridesharing services as Governor Pat Quinn vetoes a bill they say protects the taxi industry. UBER, Lyft and Sidecar are three ridesharing services here in Chicago, where people use their personal vehicles for hire, much ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Pat Quinn's rocky, rocky re-election road

The road to re-election just got a whole lot rockier for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Email records of Quinn's former chief of staff, Jack Lavin, along with those of two other top aides, have been subpoenaed by a grand jury as part of a federal probe ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Why Chicago's hotel market ranks 23rd out of top 25 metros

"The mix and type of business we've done (in the summer) has greatly increased," McCormick Place General Manager David Causton said at this month's board meeting of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which runs the South Side convention ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Dyett Protesters Say CPS is Urging Students to Abandon School

"Students from Dyett have received phone calls from Chicago Public Schools encouraging them to leave Dyett and go to either Hyde Park or go to Bronzeville Scholastic Institute," said Jitu Brown, an education organizer with the Kenwood Oakland Community ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

CPS graduation rate jumps 4% to record high

And CPS has partnered with the City Colleges of Chicago to provide early college options for thousands of our students. Last year our students earned over 3,700 dual credits, which was an increase of 31 percent over the prior year. Starting with this ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Palatine Hills golf course experiences more flooding

Steve Nagle, the district's superintendent of facilities, said the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago expanded the nearby Margreth Riemer Reservoir several years ago as a way to relieve area flooding. "We are pleased with how ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Ald. James Balcer to Step Down, Endorse Patrick Daley Thompson: Reports

Now,the veteran alderman will endorse Patrick Daley Thompson to replace him. An attorney who currently serves as a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner, Thompson is an heir to the city's famed Daley political dynasty — he even lives in ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Cook County inspector general wins round over Berrios on subpoena

Valderrama concluded that Blanchard, whose office was created by the separately elected County Board and president, does have the authority to probe fraud and mismanagement in all of county government. “The IG ordinance requires the assessor, like ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Taxpayers say $560M may be missing from Cook County courts

Mark Schacht, M.D., on behalf of Cook County taxpayers, sued county board president Toni Preckwinkle, 17 Cook County commissioners, and the Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown. The complaint says the clerk's office collects $200 million each year ...

August 26, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

Cook County Health weighs $70M contract to coordinate patient care

Cook County Health is one of the largest public health systems in the nation and historically has treated a predominantly poor and uninsured population. The network includes John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital on the Near West Side, Provident Hospital on the ...

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