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September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Major US companies say they'll boost holiday hiring

"The last two years saw holiday hiring return to pre-recession levels," said John Challenger, CEO of the Chicago-based outplacement firm. "This year, we could see hiring return to levels not seen ... Workers' inflation-adjusted earnings rose 0.4 ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

6 weeks to Election Day - Governors

Pat Quinn (D) of Illinois, who finds himself trailing in many polls to Republican Bruce Rauner, who has tried to tie Quinn to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who went to prison in 2009. With Rauner ready to spend big money on ads, the Land of Lincoln may be ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Back-to-School Slump Raises Concerns About Holiday Season

Another ominous sign: Store traffic declined 4.2 percent in July and slipped an additional 4.7 percent in August, according to ShopperTrak, a Chicago-based research firm. ... Shoppers were expected to spend about $26.5 billion in the back-to-school ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rush demands jobs, contracts on CTA's 95th Street station project

It's a matter of when.” CTA President Forrest Claypool said the CTA is “knocking down barrier after barrier” demanded by “onerous” federal guidelines before mass-transit extensions. But, he also said: “We need the federal government's support in order ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CTA sees decline in trespassing one year after safety campaign launch

"We're pleased to see the numbers declining, but unfortunately far too many customers are still making the dangerous and unfortunate decision to go onto the tracks," said CTA President Forrest Claypool. "We believe this campaign generated a lot of ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Troubled UNO brings in three ex-Rahm hands

Its UNO Charter School Network Inc. has experienced rapid growth, fueled by the state grant and CPS' support under Emanuel and former Mayor Richard M. Daley. UNO and UCSN were overseen by virtually identical boards until last year. New members for ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Attorney General's office says Boyd details are coming

More information is being promised in the Illinois Attorney General's case against former Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said late Monday that documents requested by the Quad-City Times ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City's Graffiti, Vandalism Cases Rarely End In Fines Being Paid

That case happened under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, whom Sivel jokingly compared to the "gestapo" when it came to graffiti. Daley cracked down on graffiti in many ways, from enforcing a 1995 ban on the sale of spray paint within city limits to ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

State rep candidate voted in Illinois and Wisconsin

The state constitution says a person is eligible to serve as a member of the General Assembly if he or she is a U.S. citizen, is at least 21 and lived in the district, which he or she is to represent for two years preceding the election. It appears the ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Parents who want to attend school fair asked to provide names, emails

... Power Chicago is hosting a school fair at McCormick Place, in conjunction with Chicago Public Schools, the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Illinois Network of Charter Schools on Oct. 4 and 5 and posted details on its website,

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Education Guru Diane Ravitch on Bruce Rauner: 'A Terrible Idea'

Former CPS superintended Jean-Claude Brizard, who admires Rauner, told me that he didn't witness the exchange but heard it was “quite awkward…. I don't think he's cold-hearted, it's more that he's blunt. I'm familiar with that personality…. These are ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

District 157-C Board of Education election information

Frankfort School District 157-C will have four seats expiring on its Board of Education after the current term. The election will be held on April 7, 2015. Persons wishing to run to become members of the Board of Education must reside within District ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CPS hiding records from the BGA and you

So what happens when children don't follow the rules at school — when they're unruly, disruptive or underachieving? Well, their parents might get emails from teachers or calls from the principal. And the intervention may include detentions ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Real cost of Obama's war against for-profit colleges

Taking an example from Durbin's home state, of the seven campuses run by the City Colleges of Chicago, five of them have graduation rates of 10 percent or less. Even at the City College with the highest graduation rate (Kennedy-King) only about 1 of 5 ...

September 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

New Trier to host campus tours ahead of referendum

“Pepper and Wight talked about permitting with the Village of Winnetka and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and when that will begin.” New Trier plans to apply to appear in front of the boards in October. If the referendum is successful ...

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