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August 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel: Chicago not murder capital

Rahm Emanuel is pushing back against suggestions that violence in his city is out of control, touting new statistics that show violent crime is down in Chicago. “The narrative is: We're the murder capital. Not close,” the Chicago mayor said during an ...

August 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Key CPD lieutenant had secret meeting with Koschman detective

In early 2011, as the Chicago Police Department began re-investigating a homicide involving a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley, a high-ranking cop had a secret meeting with the retired detective who didn't solve the case seven years earlier, according ...

August 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Who danced better at Jackie Robinson West party? Quinn or Rauner?

Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner were a few of the many politicians who made it out Sunday to watch Jackie Robinson West take on South Korea for the Little League World Series Championship. And as it turns out, when the music got going, so did they.

August 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Term Limits: The Walking, Talking Dead Constitutional Amendment

Citizen's initiatives - which require thousands of voter signatures to gain a spot on the ballot - can only ask for structural or procedural changes to the General Assembly. Illinois courts have found that term limits don't -- can't -- do that; term ...

August 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Ameren Illinois overhauls natural gas infrastructure

As part of the 2013 legislation, Ameren Illinois is allowed to add the cost of upgrades to delivery charges for 807,000 natural gas customers. Similar provisions were included for updates to the electric grid. While Ameren Illinois and other utilities ...

August 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Quinn under the gun on corruption issue

As the last dog days of summer pass and the race for governor prepares to enter the stretch run, the last thing Gov. Pat Quinn needed was a renewed focus on ethics and corruption in his administration. But that's exactly what he got over the weekend ...

August 24, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Eric Nyquist named a 2014 Education Foundation Distinguished Alumni

During his time in graduate school, in addition to working the Albert Lea's tenth grade football team, Nyquist worked for the United States Soccer Federation as an unpaid intern for the better part of three years. Based in Chicago at the time, U.S ...

August 24, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Feds subpoena emails of Quinn's ex-chief of staff

Pat Quinn's former chief of staff and two other onetime top aides as a criminal probe into a botched $54.5 million anti-violence grant program continues ahead of the November election. The subpoenas, disclosed by the Quinn administration in response to ...

August 24, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Moffitt offers tax plan

“Making the tough decisions has moved Illinois forward,” Gov. Quinn said in a statement in July. “Today ... “The General Assembly is at fault for not bringing spending down after the temporary tax was approved.” In 2011, lawmakers passed the tax ...

August 24, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Israeli Company Helps San Diego With Water Needs

At that time, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), a water distribution center in Los Angeles, was essentially San Diego County's only source of water. In 1991, MWD cut San Diego's supply by 31 percent. With that, the San Diego ...

August 24, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Solving the Lucas museum issue

Mayor Emanuel should persuade the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (known as McPier) to sell Mr. Lucas the original McCormick Place Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater. Lucas could then renovate the Lakeside Center in whatever way he ...

August 24, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: South suburbs are becoming greener

Last, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is exploring construction of green infrastructure to further mitigate flooding in the area. Through these efforts, SSMMA and the communities it represents are working to transform the landscape and ...

August 23, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Video: Chicago Jewish activists disrupt Rahm Emanuel, Michael Oren at Israel ...

The fact that the mayor of Chicago made a prominent appearence at the event didn't go without comment. “How is it that Rahm Emmanuel as our mayor is taking sides in this political conflict?” Abudayyeh continued to emphasize one of the main messages of ...

August 23, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Union Boss On Pace To Threaten Rahm Emanuel's Reelection In Chicago

After serving as Barack Obama's chief of staff, it was a relatively easy transition for Rahm Emanuel to take on the role of crime-ridden Chicago's mayor. Since his election, however, the Windy City has devolved into an even more dangerous metropolis ...

August 23, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Rahm: I'll Talk to the President About Making Pullman National Park Happen

I even tweeted out a couple photos of the crowd at the President's Twitter handle. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chief political strategist David Spielfogel retweeted me adding; "Let's get this." Now, it was made clear by a City Hall bureaucrat that Mayor ...

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