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March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois GOP is biggest loser in Schock scandal

Personally interacting with people who literally have money to burn can have an overwhelmingly intoxicating effect, particularly on somebody who has always personally striven to be rich. We saw much the same thing happen to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois budget-patching deal dips into various state funds

Rod Blagojevich's administration had bankrupted this fund in a previous sweep. So, former Gov. Pat Quinn approved a hike in fees that doctors have to pay to the state agency overseeing their licenses two years ago and borrowed from another fund in ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Possibly For Sale: State Office Building, Real Fixer-Upper

Its atrium is considered impressive, if not very practical. The idea of selling the Thompson Center isn't new. In 2003, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed sale of the Thompson Center in a lease-back deal that would have helped to erase a budget deficit.


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Garcia attacks, Emanuel defends, in post-debate appearances

On the other side of town, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Congressman Bobby Rush and CTA President Forest Claypool, announced the expansion of the CTA'S Second Chance program which puts ex-offenders and others back to work. Emanuel ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Mayor Emanuel, Congressman Rush And CTA President Claypool Announce ...

CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--March 27, 2015. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Bobby Rush and CTA President Forrest Claypool today announced that CTA will expand its successful Second Chance program, which provides valuable job skills and career ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Conservative Money in City Council Race Sparks Controversy

Former Chicago police officer and current city firefighter Anthony Napolitano has major labor endorsements in his bid to become the next alderman of the 41 ward, against incumbent Mary O'Connor. Even so, the challenger and union member has taken ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

The 'political class' never learns from mistakes

Rahm Emanuel, current mayor of my old hometown, Chicago, is not a gentle soul. But he's smarter than his big-spending predecessor, Richard M. Daley, and the union pawn, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who becomes the new mayor if he beats Emanuel in a run-off ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

UCF College Dems endorses SGA candidate Richard Stein

The College Democrats at UCF tweeted Monday that the group is endorsing SGA presidential candidate Richard Stein for the upcoming election. The organization's president, Chelsea Daley, said that members decided to support Stein's ticket because his ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Mayor Kennelly honored a half-century after his death — in suburbia

"There was no way (Richard J.) Daley would have allowed that," Keating said. "It was the same with Jane Byrne (who in the past year had a downtown interchange named for her). Her daughter had to fight very hard and did it after Richard M. Daley was out ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel says Chicago's financial crisis was 30 years in the making

The relationship between Rahm Emanuel and Richard M. Daley (shown in 2005, when Daley was mayor of Chicago and Emanuel was a congressman) has become increasingly strained as Emanuel criticizes or undoes Daley's policies — though without ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

How a New Illinois Law Could Protect 12 Million From Identity Theft

In an effort to combat the damage caused by hackers and help the state's more than 12 million residents prevent and recover from identity theft, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is working on enhancing the Illinois Personal Information Protection ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Harmony in Springfield as Illinois state budget emergency averted. Don't ...

I'm guessing it will be a long, long time before you see another such public display of amiability between the Republican governor and a top Democrat in the Illinois General Assembly. On Thursday, the Senate capped a week of bipartisan cooperation by ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Grammy-Winning Rapper Common Will Deliver City Colleges Commencement ...

City Colleges of Chicago, the largest community college system in Illinois, serves 115,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites. The seven colleges include: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

S. Calif. water district exerts heavy influence on legislative negotiations

Metropolitan Water District, a consortium of 26 public agencies that supplies water to 19 million people in Southern California, sent Sen. ... Major players in the negotiations, according to the emails, were Met Assistant General Manager Roger ...


March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

New Garcia ad tries to reinforce his neighborhood focus

Bobby Rush and Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool to announce an expansion of the CTA's Second Chance program, which focuses on the hiring of “hard-to-place individuals” for transit jobs. Garcia's campaign released the ad after the ...


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