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October 24, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

First-time homebuyers fuel billion-dollar lending surge

The Illinois Housing Development Authority has approved more than $1 billion in mortgages this year, the first time it has crossed that threshold since it started making home loans more than 30 years ago, said Executive Director Mary Kenney. ... to ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees and people drawing disability payments for the poor. Year after year of tiny increases are weighing on many ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Wageless recovery may mean humbug for the holidays (Editorial)

The National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to increase 4.1 percent this year, but notes that shoppers can be expected to be "extremely price sensitive." Reason: All that income ... The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this month that the ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Democrat Pat Quinn Dealt Ethics Blow by Court

An Illinois judge dealt Gov. Pat Quinn (D., Ill.) a blow by appointing a monitor to oversee hiring at state agencies following accusations that his administration was filling positions based on politics rather than qualifications, the Chicago Tribune ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Judge orders monitor in IDOT political hiring lawsuit

"I've been calling for a federal hiring monitor because I knew that Pat Quinn is engaging in the same kind of illegal activity that Rod Blagojevich did," Rauner said. "I'm not a politician, I'm a business guy, I want to grow companies and jobs in ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Judy Baar Topinka aims to reform office of comptroller

In 2006, while state treasurer, she ran for governor against Rod Blagojevich and lost. The Republican candidate also served in the state legislature for 15 years. She says she's serious about reforming her office. She claims credit for modernizing the ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois Republican Governor Candidate Visits Marshall

It's my home. Home is worth fighting for. Home is worth sacrificing for," Rauner said. And this man wants to make his home the Illinois governor's mansion -- a stab at opponent Pat Quinn and former governor Rod Blagojevich who spent little time in ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Our View: IDOT hiring monitor only sure solution

Hiring for the department has been an issue long before the Quinn administration — with some arguing former governor Rod Blagojevich would frequently give candy jobs in the department to supporters. That's called patronage, and it's prohibited.

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Underdog endorsements

Wordslinger - Wednesday, Oct 22, 14 @ 9:39 am: You'd think that the boss of the Illinois GOP could at least throw as much money Obie's way as he has in the past to the likes of Daley, Emanuel and Forrest Claypool. Maybe even just a taste, like Ed Rendell?

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Emanuel festivals chief defends Taste loss, Great Chicago Fire fizzle

... a prepared statement that “Mother Nature also played a role” in dampening the Fire Festival, which fell flat when the planned torching of three faux Victorian homes floating on the river failed to ignite following heavy rains — prompting veteran ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

City Council watchdog sues Emanuel, aldermen

In July, Emanuel's City Council floor leader, 40th Ward Ald. Patrick O'Connor, pushed through an ordinance that limited Khan's ability to investigate aldermen's campaign finances — a week after Khan had received permission to open an ethics probe of ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Karen Lewis' Replacement at the CTU Has a Message for Rahm Emanuel

Lewis' health issues have sidelined her from the upcoming mayoral race in the city, in which she was expected to make a progressive, populist challenge to Rahm Emanuel. But they have also elevated Sharkey during a critical juncture for the CTU: While ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Top Alderman Mocks Inspector General For Suing Council; 'He's Just Full Of ...

CHICAGO (CBS) – A key alderman on Wednesday scoffed at Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan's lawsuit against the mayor, the City Council, and several committee chairs, seeking to force them to better fund his office. WBBM Newsradio Political ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago Legislative IG Files Suit Against Emanuel, Aldermen Over Funding

Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan filed his lawsuit against Emanuel and Alds. Michelle Harris (8th), Edward Burke (14th) and Carrie Austin (34th) in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday. The three aldermen chair the council's Rules Committee, ...

October 23, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Aldermen question speed cameras

(Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune) ... Aldermen on Wednesday raised questions about the speed camera ticketing system rolled out this year by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, asking whether it is the best way to slow traffic and whether it is following state law.

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