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March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Portland vs. Philadelphia match preview – Union gives Timbers first test at home

History would indicate the Timbers haven't lost a home opener in their MLS history – a 2011 win over Chicago, a 2012 defeat of the Union, and a wild draw in 2013 against New York – so they would be a safe pick on March 8. ... There has also been ...


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

IBM factory strike shows shifting China labor landscape

The strike, which continued into Sunday, fits a growing pattern of industrial activism that has emerged as China's economy has slowed. A worsening labor shortage has shifted the balance of power in labor relations, while smartphones and social media ...


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Oil field danger slips by OSHA

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration keeps a list of “the worst of the worst” employers in the nation and drilling companies with multiple fatalities should be on it, safety experts say. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James ...


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Alderman: Chicago plastic bag ban gaining support

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Alderman “Proco” Joe Moreno introduced a new version of the ban at Wednesday's council meeting. Moreno pushed a similar environmental measure last year that would have prohibited Chicago retailers larger than 5,000 ...


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Alderman: Chicago plastic bag ban gaining support

CHICAGO — The sponsor of a measure to ban Chicago retailers from putting merchandise in plastic bags says he has the votes to get it approved by the city council and "it's time to move." The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1oAsgCE ) Alderman ...


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

'Pay it Forward' college plan gets House approval

... has approved a plan to study alternative ways for people to pay for college. The "Pay it Forward" plan calls on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to consider programs other states have adopted to address the rising cost of a college education.


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Why higher taxes are inevitable in Chicago

Between 2003 and 2014, Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel shorted city contributions to public employee pension funds by more than $7 billion, creating an aggregate deficit of $32 billion. At more than eight times annual operating revenue, it's ...


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

If term limits were in Springfield, a third of legislators would have to leave

The plan has been seen by many as a political gambit to advance Rauner's bid, but even so, if term limits are put into law they would have a long-term effect on the Illinois legislature and the type of government Illinoisans live under. The initiative ...


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Legislators push to end 'abused' school grants

The Chicago Public School system was not required to report its block grant spending for 18 years. Two years ago, the Legislature passed a law requiring a report of its grant expenditures, but the system did not comply with the reporting requirement ...


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

The goal: More inventive energy in Milwaukee

With our key partners — the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Economic Development Corp., Mayor Tom Barrett's office, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority and American Express OPEN — the ...


March 09, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Cook County Health's next CEO will need to do more than run hospitals

“What (Dr. Raju) has done is create a vision and goals that were not there when he was hired,” says Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, who helped establish the health system's independent board in 2008. After a whirlwind 30 months in Chicago, ...


March 08, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Week Ahead: Consumer Sentiment, Small Biz Optimism

Also due on Thursday is another inflation gauge, a report on import and export prices. Import prices rose 0.1% in January and export prices rose 0.2%, the third straight monthly gain. Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Charles Plosser and Chicago ...


March 08, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Don't print the legend of Eliot Ness

But with due respect to Ness, an honorable man who did commendable work during a sometimes stumbling career, we have to agree with Ald. Ed Burke, who knows his Chicago history and says Ness simply doesn't deserve the honor. “At the very minimum, ...


March 08, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Broadened Chicago ban on plastic bags gaining steam

Co-sponsoring Ald. Chairman George Cardenas (12th) agreed and said he plans to move the plastic bag ban through the Committee on Health and Environmental Protection he chairs in a few weeks. “We were letting ... Six years ago, Finance Committee ...


March 08, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Southeast Side Chicagoans Continue Push For Full Petcoke Ban

In early November, Ald. Ed Burke (14th) proposed legislation in the Chicago City Council that would have fully banned petcoke in the city. Emanuel, however, shot down that idea and instead called on the city's department of public health to draft ...


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