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January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Looking back on 2013

7: Area educators are not happy with the pension reform bill passed this week by the Illinois General Assembly. Gov. Pat Quinn says the new legislation will erase a $100 billion liability and restore fiscal stability to Illinois. The new plan reduces ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Editorial: Two antidotes to concentrated power

Come November, the most powerful politician in Illinois will punch his ticket for another two years by winning the support of perhaps 30,000 voters in the little district he drew for himself. That's all it takes for House Speaker Michael Madigan to ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Appellate judge Patrick Quinn dies in his chambers

Appellate judge Patrick Quinn dies in his chambers. Wednesday, January 08, 2014. Pat Quinn. Illinois Appellate Court Judge Patrick J. Quinn, 60, died in his chambers Wednesday morning (Sun-Times Media Wire via Illinois Appellate Court website). Tags:.

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate keeps working on Conn. until March 1; Illinois ...

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate will continue working in Connecticut until March 1, just before Illinois' primary election. The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( ) Paul Vallas will keep working as superintendent of ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Big teachers union draws some, not all, GOP governor hopefuls

The meeting over the weekend was held by the giant Illinois Education Association, which represents 130,000 grade- and high-school teachers, college professors and other school staffers outside of Chicago. It's a powerful group worth watching on both ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rauner blinks on call to cut minimum wage

The apparent reversal by Mr. Rauner came about an hour after Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, the woman known for taking Chicago teachers out on strike in 2012 and occasionally giving Mayor Rahm Emanuel fits, said Mr. Rauner now has ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

ChicagoQuest Charter School Staff Push To Form A Union

The majority of teachers and staff at the Chicago International Charter Schools' (CICS) ChicagoQuest campus on the Northwest Side are organizing to form a union. Thirty-three out of the 34 staff members at the “game-like learning” junior high school ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Violent crime is down in Chicago

Some critics of the CPD have dismissed the report, and the rest of the nation may be equally incredulous. After all, we spent most of the summer watching TV reports and reading headlines about gun violence in Chicago and several high-profile shootings.

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Local groups welcome federal school discipline initiative

Chicago's Board of Education in 2012 approved revisions to the student code of conduct that included the reduction of out-of-school suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and eliminated mandatory 10-day suspensions for the most serious ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Editorial: The Madigan fear factor

Many of the requests were granted: a pay raise for a friend's daughter at the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, a job recommendation for a village attorney post, foot soldiers for his 13th Ward organization getting promoted despite criminal ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Jason Tyler, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Strategy at Northern ...

Rashid Carter began teaching economics with the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) in 2004 at Olive-Harvey College and he was elected head of the Social Science Department in 2007 and local faculty President in 2008. In 2010, Rashid took a leave from ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Quinn Signs Chicago Park District Pension Reform Bill

On Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a pension reform measure designed to address a $971 million deficit in the district's pension program. The legislation, which was passed in November, contains a number of provisions aimed at stabilizing the Park ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Cities Push for Municipal Pension Reform

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed a pension reform bill for the Chicago Park District. The measure makes cuts to cost of living adjustments and increases both the employee and employer contributions. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel believes the new law ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Schaumburg Sport Center targets more parking

Even after the park district and village sign off on the agreement, however, approval of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District remains. Every part of the process has to happen in exactly this order, Otto said. The park district is hoping to ...

January 09, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Foes try to get felon Sanchez tossed from Cook County Board contest

A federal fraud conviction didn't stop former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez from running for Cook County Board, but opponents are trying to get him tossed from the ballot by arguing he's ineligible because he's still serving ...

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