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December 28, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

Thousands of black and Latino kids lost their schools in 2013

Andrea Zopp, head of the Chicago chapter of the National Urban League and a member of the Chicago school board, said the closings were a necessary step in addressing the city's wide disparities in the quality of education offered to its students.

December 28, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

IID chief engineer to head water department

The district was in negotiations with the San Diego County Water Authority, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Bureau of Reclamation. Those negotiations culminated in the signing of the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the ...

December 28, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

College of DuPage program gives students taste of real world issues

“My students don't know who is negotiating for Mexico,” he said. Goldberg said a professor at Whittier College in California founded the program. It is exclusively for community colleges and Goldberg noted with pleasure that the City Colleges of ...

December 28, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

Hospital board finalizes levy amidst concerns from constituents

Community member Lloyd Speck appealed to the Cook County North Shore Hospital board on December 19, 2013 to keep its levy as low as possible and to be cautious as it considers a multi-million dollar renovation project. “The bottom line is can we afford ...

December 28, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

Quinn: 5K affordable homes provided in 2013

Pat Quinn announced Friday that the Illinois Housing Development Authority put up more than $471 million in financing in 2013. It helped provide homes ... One example Quinn cited is Greenleaf Manor in the Chicago suburb of Glenview. The IHDA provided ...

December 27, 2013 @ 6:04 AM

Emanuel Convenes Task Force for Shuttered Dominick's

Aldermen Leslie Hairston (5th), Joe Moore (49th) and Patrick O'Connor (40th) are included, as are Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor and Steve Powell, Secretary Treasurer of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881.

December 27, 2013 @ 6:04 AM

In 2013, Federal Workers Found New Reason To Be Unhappy

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 3:08 pm. Elizabeth Lytle is an administrative program assistant with the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago — "a glorified name for a secretary," she says. If Lytle isn't thrilled with her title ...

December 27, 2013 @ 6:04 AM

Jobless claims fall, in good sign for labor market

Jobless claims fall, in good sign for labor market. Reuters. Facebook Share on Facebook ... Potential job seekers speak with employers at a job fair presented by UJA-Federation of New York and FEGS Health & Human Services. The number of Americans ...

December 27, 2013 @ 6:04 AM

Rahm Emanuel's pet bike issue raising questions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made bike lanes and bike programs a signature issue, believing it makes downtown an attractive place for bright young people and innovative companies. (photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ...

December 27, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

Carnegie Mellon smells a rat, and Chicago is grateful

Carnegie Mellon University and the City of Chicago's Department of Innovation and Technology are collaborating to build an open-source predictive analytics platform that can help city leaders make faster decisions to address and prevent issues before ...

December 27, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

Opinions differ on fingerprints for concealed-carry permits

... questions still linger on where applicants can go to submit their fingerprints to the Illinois State Police, and some wonder whether they need to file their fingerprints at all. According to the law passed this spring by the General Assembly, the ...

December 27, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

Taxpayers contribute more to Teachers' Retirement System than participating ...

Arguably, the TRS board makes decisions that affect Illinois fiscal policy more than any other public body besides the General Assembly. Page 2 of 3 - The board chooses which firms invest pension money, makes an annual request for funds from the ...

December 27, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

GHS students named as 2014 State Scholars

The prestigious award is given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) which is recognizing high school students from across the state as this year's State Scholars. Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 percent of ...

December 27, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

Foreclosure protection law signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn; Legislation ...

Pat Quinn has signed legislation to prevent lenders from selling a home if the homeowner is applying for federal mortgage assistance. (WLS Photo). Tags: illinois news. Comment Now; Email · Print · Report a typo. ShareThis via email, AIM, social ...

December 27, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

As of Jan. 5, concealed carry promises steep learning curve

While the Illinois statute lays out nearly two dozen places where guns are prohibited — including schools, public parks, government offices and hospitals — it also includes caveats that might seem confusing, even contradictory, particularly to novice ...

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