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October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Bill Clinton Stumps For Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Senator Dick Durbin In ...

Former President Bill Clinton appears with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, left, and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as they address workers, labor leaders and business leaders at Wheatland Tube Co., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Chicago. Clinton is the latest ...

October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before Board of Ed vote on Hancock school

Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral ...

October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

CPS enrollment dips below 400000 for first time in years

Chicago Public Schools' official enrollment dipped below 400,000 for the first time in years, the district announced Tuesday, having lost nearly 4,000 total students from last year. CPS reported its enrollment, counted on the 20th day of school at 396 ...

October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

HBA 2014 Lawyer of the Year

Brian previously served as an Assistant Attorney General to the Illinois Department of Transportation and as Deputy Counsel for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and is also the author of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education ...

October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

WBEZ tries to explain CTA bus bunching - a mysterious phenomenon

Bus bunching is ninth on the Chicago Transit Authority complaint list, the subject of around 2 percent of all calls. According to CTA performance metrics, only around 3 percent of bus trips experience bunching, which the agency defines as a gap of less ...

October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Cook County ballot box tries to cast GOP votes for Democrats

Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested. “This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan ...

October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

University of Chicago offering disaster-prep seminars for local leaders

The University of Chicago is offering a seminar for leaders and elected officials to help them prepare for unforeseen disasters. “Leading Through Crisis” launched on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Harris School of Public Policy. Toni Preckwinkle, president of ...

October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Another election, another round of mixed-up Democrats

Let's start with the flyer's featured photo. It's of Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. That's the same Toni Preckwinkle who decided not to challenge Rahm Emanuel for mayor, even though she commanded a 20-something ...

October 22, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Back to the past with mayor's move

Our beef is not necessarily with Emanuel's anointed one, Kurt Summers, a former chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Summers is no slouch. He might make a fine city treasurer. We can even believe, as City Hall sources tell us ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

How To Succeed In Business And Government Without Really Trying: Calvin ...

He rejected the protests of Samuel Gompers, head of the American Federation of Labor, with words that are now immortalized: “there is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anytime, anywhere.” The cops were fired and replaced by the ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Karen Lewis won't be Chicago's mayor – and that's America's loss

She took the mantle of past labor leaders who infused the Democratic Party with an egalitarian ethos, figures such as Walter Reuther, Sidney Hillman and John L. Lewis. Unfortunately, serious health problems have ... Though today's teachers' union ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Obama votes early in Illinois during campaign stop in Chicago

Quinn became governor in 2009 when Rod Blagojevich was forced out of office. He won a full term in 2010 in one of the closest gubernatorial races in U.S. history. This year, he is locked in another tight race with Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Our View: Attorney general: Close call for Madigan

Rod Blagojevich's shenanigans (though arguably his transgressions were so brazen that his own party couldn't stomach them). But in fact the Attorney General's Office has taken to the sidelines on multiple questionable activities of late, including the ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

What is at stake in the 2014 gubernatorial races?

Rod] Blagojevich. He does not necessarily get along with traditional Democratic colleagues and state leaders. That said, he is very popular with the traditional base of progressive Democrats and African-Americans. [Republican candidate Bruce] Rauner is ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Candidate can't escape campaign mailer comparing Brainard to dictators

Rod Blagojevich. Accetturo, already an underdog in the Republican primary, lost. And he never has apologized, critics note. The mailer has come up publicly twice this year. The New York Times mentioned it in an article this July detailing Carmel's ...

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