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April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Interview with Michelle Gunderson co-founder of the Network for Social Justice ...

Earlier this month at the Labor Notes Conference, rank and file labor leaders announced for the first time the creation of the Network for Social Justice Unionism (NSJU), a new infrastructure that unionists concerned with advancing social justice ...


April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Guest Viewpoint: Why Rauner-Emanuel just might work

Jim Edgar and Democrat Richard M. Daley, amicable in their dealings, never quite turned the corner on a major city-state deal. Why do mayors and governors of different parties tend to work better? Interparty cooperation transcends rivalries and ...


April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Private money fuels public projects

Facing a budget crisis in late 2008, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley leased the city's meters for 75 years to a private company for about $1.2 billion. Parking rates and citizen complaints soared. Months later the city's inspector general found that the ...


April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Traffic studies for DePaul arena prove low impact for South Loop residents

According to a traffic engineering consultant to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), Don Jakesch, most of the DePaul men's basketball season ticket holders are from the North Side of the city, so they will come off the expressways to ...


April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Ex-Mayor Daley's law firm losing grip on City Hall under Emanuel

And during Daley's reign, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority — whose board members are selected by the mayor and the governor — chose Katten to help borrow $125 million by issuing bonds. The money will help finance a new area for DePaul ...


April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Five Things to Know About the Fed's Obsession With Inflation

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen participates in a roundtable discussion with students and faculty after touring the College to Careers Program in Advanced Manufacturing at the City Colleges of Chicago's Daley College on March 31, 2014. In earlier ...


April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Opinion: Searching for New Ways of Promoting Opportunity

The core of the partnership is active engagement of a business, in this case IBM, with an interest in an industry-specific pipeline of future workers, a community college or university (City University of New York), and a school district (New York ...


April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Floods Bring Suit to Every Chicagoland Town

The Illinois Farmers Insurance Company and affiliates filed a class action against the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Cook County, the City of Chicago, and all the dozens of municipalities in Cook County, in Chancery Court.


April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Walmart coming to Des Plaines, plans dropped for Rolling Meadows

As interior renovations are underway, the store is still waiting for approval from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for a new grease trap for the deli area. Building crews are also installing a new truck dock in the back of the store. The ...


April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Almost done! LGBT senior housing coming to Boystown

Center on Halsted, and affordable housing developers Heartland Housing, have publicized that the Chicago Housing Authority is currently reviewing applications in its system for prospective residents. Center on Halsted will interview them and will make ...


April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Southeast Chicago residents awaiting proposed Red Line extension to 130th ...

CTA President Forrest Claypool said money is to complete environmental impact studies that began in 2011 and are required before engineering studies on the extension proposal can begin. Officials said they will begin a community outreach program this ...


April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

George Lucas considering Chicago locations for his art and film 'Star Wars ...

... President, School of the Art Institute; Jorge Ramirez, President, Chicago Federation of Labor; Mary Ann Smith, Former Alderman; Jackie Samuel, Director, New Communities Program, Claretian Associates; and Kurt Summers, co-chair, Senior Vice ...


April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Fringe Factor: Ladies Love the Wage Gap

On Fox News' The Five this week, host Eric Bolling and his co-hosts agreed that U.S. labor laws should be more like China's: nonexistent. “Some of the economies that are starting to kick our butt—those people work hard,” said Bolling. “There aren't ...


April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago gang shootings go on as Mayor Emanuel boasts crime at 'record low'

Rahm Emanuel A hip-hop-fuelled gang war is raging as Emanuel boasts that crime is at a record low. Photograph: Bloomberg /Getty Images. Stung by a 16% spike in killings in 2012 that led Moody's, the ratings agency, to downgrade the city's debt due to ...


April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Governor Quinn Wants New Medicaid Controls

Pat Quinn promised tighter controls Saturday after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who had already died. The Democratic governor told reporters he's not happy with the ...


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