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February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

School shootings continue despite safety emphasis

Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. About 90 percent of districts have tightened security since the Newtown shootings, estimates Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

E.C. council opposes cuts in tax dollars for education

EAST CHICAGO | The East Chicago City Council has unanimously approved a resolution that expresses opposition to any state action that would reduce tax dollars for education. The resolution indicates specific opposition to Senate Bill 1, which is ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Madigan backs veteran alderman in Southwest Side ward race

Ald. Edward Burke remains firmly ensconced in the 14th Ward just to the north of Zalewski despite the ward being more than 87 percent Hispanic after the 2010 census. And Richard Mell, whom some City Council colleagues referred to as "the old gringo ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley remains hospitalized

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley likely will remain hospitalized in an intensive care unit for several days as doctors conduct tests to determine why he was feeling ill and disoriented during a conference in Arizona. Spokeswoman Jackie Heard said ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Richard M. Daley, 71, former Chicago mayor, resting in intensive care

CHICAGO — Richard M. Daley, the former mayor of Chicago, remained hospitalized in an intensive-care unit yesterday and most likely will stay there for several days as doctors run tests to determine the nature of his ailments, officials said. Daley, 71 ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M Daley Hospitalized

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley remains in intensive care in a Chicago hospital after returning from a trip to Arizona. Daley was taken by ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital Friday evening after returning from a business trip. According ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Illinois Holds College Financial Aid Workshops

Experts with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will help families understand and complete the commonly-used FAFSA, or Free Application for Student Aid. “It can be a very intimidating process to apply for financial aid,” Quinn's spokesman ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Gaming gold rush: 81 Springfield establishments have video gambling machines

The Illinois General Assembly in 2009 legalized video gambling at liquor-serving establishments to raise revenue for a statewide construction program. After a series of delays, machines went live statewide in September 2012. The city council approved ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Top 10 things every Illinoisan should know about local government transparency

1) A comprehensive local transparency bill, based on the Illinois Policy Institute's 10-Point Transparency Checklist, has been introduced in the General Assembly in each of the last three sessions. (2011 – Senate Bill 37; 2012 – Senate Bill 3392; 2013 ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Lawmakers In Safe Districts Living At Taxpayers' Expense

If successful, the campaign would get Illinois party bosses out of the map-drawing process for Illinois General Assembly seats. It won't affect the gerrymandering of congressional districts, but first things first. I urge you to read the Tribune ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Reactions mixed to Quinn's 'Birth-to-Five' initiative

“Illinois must do better. Thanks to our shared hard work over the years, our elected officials know the proven benefits of early childhood education and care,” the release stated. “We must continue to work together to make sure that the General ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Closer Look: Gov. Pat Quinn, GOP job claims don't all add up

The Republican candidates campaigning for Quinn's job regularly use the state's economic weaknesses against him. State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard have blamed high unemployment on Quinn, and on Wednesday they and Treasurer Dan Rutherford ...

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Some Quinn, GOP jobs claims add up; others don't

(Photo: Justin Sullivan Getty Images). SHARECONNECTTWEETCOMMENTEMAILMORE. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has touted in his State of the State address and recent interviews how Illinois is bouncing back from recession under his watch.

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

New Federal Job-Training Grants

The rollout included a White House event Friday that community college leaders and students attended, including Cheryl Hyman, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago. The National Skills Coalition, a nonprofit group, participated in the event.

February 03, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Year of the horse - Chinatown Parade photo gallery

Politicians marching in today's parade included Senator Dick Durbin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Alderman including Danny Solis and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The Chinese New Year is an important celebration all over the world.

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