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June 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Ex-engineer has a symphonic side

“I got a position in the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. It's the sanitary district that serves Cook County. My first title was assistant sanitary engineer. I stayed with them for more than 20 years. The job titles that I ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Perelman Teachers Running Out of Options to Save Union Representation

However, Perelman board members have asserted that judicial precedent set by the National Labor Relations Board v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago case in 1979 excludes private religious schools from protection under the federal act. The U.S. Supreme Court ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

All Policy is Local: Education in the Governor's races

The American Federation of Teachers and its local affiliates have been relentless in attacking Corbett all spring and a senior AFT official told us this race is their No. 1 target for the fall. - Education polls as a top issue ... Unions have been ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Markets Live: Gold miners surge

5:00pm: The Australian market finished marginally higher in a mixed week, buoyed by the biggest one-day gain since December after the US Federal Reserve reassured investors that it will not raise interest rates in the near-term. The benchmark S&P ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

President seeks to abolish subminimum wage for the disabled

"Written in 1938, Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) discriminates against people with disabilities,” the National Federation for the Blind explained its position on the issue on its website. "The provision allows the Secretary of ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Sun-Times takes top honors in 2 news contests

Novak, business reporting — for the series “Burke's Law,” on Ald. Edward M. Burke's legal practice. ◇ Staff, entertainment news — for “Roger Ebert: 1942-2013,” on the death and life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic. ◇ Stefano Esposito ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Editorial: Great state parks a good initiative for IDNR staff

Of the many mistakes made by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, one of the worst was his pitch to close state historic sites and state parks as a way to save money. More than six years and a new governor later, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

City Council passes new gun shops ordinance, per court order

Aldermen and the mayor have all but stated, outright, that they've attempted to craft rules that comply with the court order, yet still make it nearly impossible to buy a gun within Chicago's city limits. The Tribune said it's almost certain gun rights ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Donald Trump: Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Should Thank Me

CHICAGO (CBS) — Donald Trump has done a great service to the great City Of Chicago. And perhaps, someday, the mayor of this great city will thank him for the 140-foot long, two-story T-R-U-M-P stamp over the Chicago River on his beautiful tower.

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

City of Chicago and AFSCME announce tentative five-year contract

The City of Chicago and a union representing more than 3,400 city workers struck a deal tentative five-year contract, both sides announced Thursday. Although neither side released details, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Mayor Rahm's roots are in Daley-era patronage politics

As Stone pointed out, Emanuel owes his political career to the Daley machine. Or, more specifically, to the hundreds of city employees—most of them water or sanitation department workers—dispatched by political bosses Donald Tomczak and Daniel ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Trump to visit Chicago and eyeball 'beautiful' sign on building

Asked if he thought he would have received the same treatment from former Mayor Richard M. Daley, Trump said: “I can't speak for Mayor Daley, I can only say his administration approved [the sign]. Two administrations have actually approved it.

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Your Cook County TIF tax

Under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, they sprouted in just about every corner of the city. Chicago Public Schools receives millions in surplus TIF money each year — money that builds up in a TIF fund but isn't committed to a shovel-ready project. Yet ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Illinois Central board approves new budget

As part of the coalition, ICC will team with the City of Peoria, Peoria CEO Council, Focus Forward Central Illinois, Peoria Public School District 150, Greater Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Peoria Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Student ...

June 20, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

You're Paying Politically-Connected Insiders $282 an Hour to Promote Obamacare

Noonan is a former staffer for Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and a former campaign manager for Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Reyes is an ex-aide to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and founded the powerful Hispanic Democratic ...

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