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July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

“Rauner opens door to higher income tax rate”

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner today opened the door to a potential income-tax hike, saying the 3.75 percent personal rate he would inherit if he wins this fall would be subject to negotiations with a General Assembly that's expected to ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Report: Positive And Troubling Trends Of Child Well-Being In Illinois

"After years of advocacy by Voices and its coalition partners," he says, "the Illinois General Assembly enacted legislation that doubled the EITC from five percent of the federal credit to 10 percent of the federal credit in 2013." According to Joseph ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Seeking to regain credibility, US teachers unions criticize Obama's education ...

Their model of “social justice unionism” has proven to be a dead end as the betrayal of the 2012 teachers strike, by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Vice President Jesse Sharkey, a supporter of the ISO, showed. The CTU shut down the ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

CPS expands math, sports mentoring program for troubled teens

The Chicago Public Schools will expand a sports-based mentoring program for troubled teens to 2,000 students at 37 schools and add “math tutoring on steroids” to three more schools. The expansion will be made possible by a $10 million infusion of ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

More Details on Midway Jet Noise to Be Released This Week

BRIDGEPORT — As noise complaints spiked around Midway Airport this year, the city is about to release even more data that could send residents into a fever pitch. The data will be made public at a meeting of the Midway Noise Compatibility Commission ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Tourism growth can help city's real estate growth

I have a colleague who moved to Nashville with his wife from Chicago. When researching cities outside of Chicago for their next home, they visited Austin, Charlotte and Nashville. After one visit to Nashville, they were sold. For young and restless ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Park District Seeks Nominations for Next Round of Playground Improvements

The nomination and voting process are part of the "Chicago Plays!" initiative started in March 2013 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District to replace equipment at more than 300 playgrounds citywide. After nominations, projects will be ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County — a model of cooperating villages

“Similar to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago, forming the agency was unprecedented in getting many villages to agree to this project.” Two federal laws, the Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 and The Clean Water Act four years ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Ouilmette Foundation tees off

For instance, an “environmental school” that allows children to learn about multiple aspects of water use, protection and ecology might involve the park district, the village of Wilmette and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, he said. “In my ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

New Starts: New Orleans Transit Wish List, Loop Relief on the Cheap, Trams ...

Crain's politics blogger, Greg Hinz, citing studies showing that population and employment growth in Chicago's core could have all of CTA's rapid transit lines operating at capacity in a few years, wrote, “All of [this] has the possibility to generate ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Village board recommends county property tax breaks

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board gave its recommendations Monday to a pair of property tax breaks from Cook County government. Trustees voted 4-0, with Andrew Johnson, Jr., and N. Keith Chambers absent, to recommend Class 8 tax breaks to two ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Kadner: A vote on mental health care funding in Cook County?

Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth Doody Gorman (R-Orland Park) wants to place a referendum on the November ballot asking voters if they want to increase funding for mental health care. Gorman said she will ask the county board to vote on the ...

July 22, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

WATCH: The Rahm question Toni Preckwinkle refuses to answer

During an interview with Mike Flannery that aired Sunday on Fox, he did his best to get an answer out of Preckwinkle. First, Flannery wants to know: Does Preckwinkle think Emanuel's done a good job as mayor?

July 22, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Rule would hike rents

A provision of that law requires public housing authorities to raise their flat rate rents to at least 80 percent of the fair market value for their area, according to information provided by Abraham Williams, executive director of the Housing ...

July 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

City Hall fighting cop then-Supt. Cline refused to punish

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration accused Esposito of providing false insurance certificates to City Hall to obtain a valet parking license, operating a valet parking service without liability insurance and failing to pay $2,757 in parking ...

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