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November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

The Weekly Gold Digger (Nov 14 2014)

The NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses) Small Business Optimism Index was at 96.1 with business owners projecting increased capital spending and higher sales in the near term. Their outlook for expansion was ... The Fed's Labor Market ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Faculty union effort underway at UIS

The union supporters want to affiliate with the Illinois Federation of Teachers/American Federation of Teachers. Joyce Lieberman, organizing director for the federation, said Tuesday the union is still in the process of assessing faculty support. There ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Quinn to pay for own official portrait

SPRINGFIELD -- Even as he prepares to leave office, Gov. Pat Quinn continues to paint himself as a populist. In an announcement Tuesday, the Democrat from Chicago said he will not tap taxpayers for the cost of an official state portrait. "We will be ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Quinn announces he will pay for his own official selfie

Rod Blagojevich, currently a resident of a federal prison in Colorado has yet to have an official portrait commissioned. Lawmakers approved a law after his 2009 ouster to ban the use of taxpayer dollars on portraits for governors who have been impeached.

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

The Calls To Restore The Lincoln Avenue Bus Aren't Going Away

Jack Lydon, a Democratic Ward Committeeman in the 47th Ward, told CTA President Forrest Claypool, CTA Board chairman Terry Peterson and the board's members he and others would not rest until service was eventually restored. “We're not going away,” ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Lawmakers Call for SEC Investigation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chicago lawmakers are planning to send a formal request to the Securities and Exchange Commission for an investigation into donations to Mayor Rahm Emanuel from executives at financial firms that manage city pension money. The donations were first ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel to go up with first TV ads

According to a new order, the campaign, working through AKPD Media, Chicago is buying a flight to run Wednesday through Nov. 23 throughout Chicago markets and through various cable networks. Longtime Democratic strategist David Axelrod founded ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel targets city neighborhoods in TV ad launch

Bracing for a multi-front battle in 2015, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is launching a series of TV spots highlighting various efforts over his first term. The ads target neighborhoods in Chicago and aim to craft an image of Emanuel as a leader who can make ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Aldermen Ask SEC to Investigate Emanuel Campaign

Three Chicago aldermen, including one who is running for mayor, asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate donations to Mayor Rahm Emanuel from financial firms that deal with city pension plans. Aldermen Bob Fioretti, Scott ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Aldermen demand diversity from financial firms tied to bond deals

The alderman noted that 13 financial services firms that do business in the Chicago area have joined forces in hopes of recruiting more minorities to fill senior-level jobs that, according to a 2012 survey by the Chicago Community Trust, were more than ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

$15 Minimum Wage Hike Could Be Blocked by State, Say Aldermen, Activists

Aldermen Joe Moreno (1st), Roderick Sawyer (6th) and John Arena (45th) joined in sponsoring a proposed ordinance upping Chicago's minimum wage to $15 an hour for firms making $50 million a year in gross revenues in May. On Tuesday, they issued a ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

State's most successful snags her 1000th win

Her office walls are filled with rows of awards to her and former players, pictures with dignitaries the likes of former mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley and former president Bill Clinton. Under Gater's guidance Marshall's Lady Commando's ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Three key questions to ask in aldermanic races

After federal anti-corruption investigations essentially dismantled former Mayor Richard M. Daley's patronage armies, there was an increase in the number of council candidates. Incumbents were more vulnerable in 2007 and 2011 than at any time since the ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Solution for CTA fare cheats

Don't sell off the public infrastructure (as did the absurd, shortsighted parking meter deal pushed through by Mayor Richard M. Daley); just hire more competent private managers and reward them for eliminating all the government waste and for saving ...

November 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

2 Investigators, BGA: 'Prince Of Pensions' On Rauner Transition Team

Poshard has worked as a teacher, was appointed to two state university posts and was elected to the Illinois Senate. As a result of his state jobs over the last 30 years he now collects a $76,910 pension from the General Assembly Retirement System, $65 ...

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