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April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel names Claypool to 3rd stint as mayoral chief of staff

Claypool has been the head of the CTA since Emanuel took office. In naming him chief of staff, Emanuel said Claypool's management of the reconstruction of the south branch of the Red Line demonstrated his ability to focus on small details while having ...


April 25, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez wants to send all pot smokers to ...

Last but not least, Anita, I am certain that this change in policy has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Kimberly Foxx, Toni Preckwinkle's chief of staff, will probably run against you in 2016. Ms. Foxx has been a strong proponent of changing ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Student Loan Giant Navient Bemoans Cost Of Mounting Government Probes

State prosecutors and federal regulators met in mid-February in Chicago to discuss their investigation into the company, according to people familiar with the gathering. In a previously unreported .... Navient has beaten back efforts by the AFL-CIO ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

All management, non-union employees get raises in Waukegan

"I'm going to be leaving shortly, but somebody needs to have a discussion with all city employees and explain the plight of the private-sector employee," Beadling said. "I requested to sit in on labor negotiations to express the private-sector's point ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Images: Funeral and burial of Cardinal Francis George

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, and Chicago Ald. Ed Burke speak to members of Cardinal George's family before the funeral Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Chicago. George died last Friday at age 78 after a long battle with ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

CPS Counselor Beats Rahm Emanuel-Backed Incumbent To Win the Election for ...

CPS Counselor Beats Rahm Emanuel-Backed Incumbent To Win the Election for 10th Ward Alderman. Posted 12:30 PM, April 23, 2015, by Edgar Perez · Email · Twitter · Facebook · Google · Reddit · Pinterest. Illinois voters will head to the polls on Tuesday ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

City Council to form five-member Gay Caucus

Tunney said he was “kind of surprised back in 2002 that it took that long” for Chicago to get its first openly gay alderman. Now, he's surprised that it took only 13 years for there to be enough openly gay aldermen to form a caucus. “Our potential ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago aldermen to loosen rules for drag shows

Male or female impersonator is not an adult use," the alderman said. Tunney said approving the change would be a sign Middle America is more accepting of male and female impersonators. "It's really entertainment for everybody, and of course there's ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Sneed: Vancouver CEO is lead candidate for aviation commissioner

Backstory: The aviation czar spot has been vacant since the departure last summer of commissioner Rosemarie Andolino, a much-respected holdover from former Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration. • Upshot: Sneed sources say Casey interviewed for ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Services for homeless, rape victims cuts disclosed by Rauner

Rauner's budget office also says cuts will affect the Monetary Award Program at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, but did not disclose a specific dollar amount. The release of the information follows a House panel's examination of the ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Lynch Confirmed As US Attorney General

... as the next U.S. Attorney General, and will be the first African-American woman to hold the post. She was confirmed by a 56-43 vote, with the support of all of the chamber's Democrats as well as 10 Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Beiser Joins Attorney General, Demands Answers about Energy Price Hike

Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton ALTON, Ill. – In response to a possible increase in local electricity prices, state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is joining Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in requesting an explanation from the Midcontinent Independent ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

IL attorney general's office investigating alleged Mt. Vernon City Council ...

The Attorney General's Office for the State of Illinois looking further into a claim that the Mount Vernon City Council allegedly violated the Open Meetings Act. The Public Access Bureau received a request for review alleging the city council created ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Colorado native talks about pitfalls of legalizing pot

In Illinois, things are moving much more slowly. Even though ... Having it out in the General Assembly, he said, could mean lawmakers can cover all the bases before enacting a law, even if it means “everybody's going to try to carve out their piece of ...


April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Voice of The Southern: Rauner pitches a shell game

Years of phony revenue and budgetary gimmicks left Illinois billions in the hole. Rauner wants to cut and cut ... And Carbondale faces a $1.2 million shortfall, if Rauner slams his demolition of state aid through the General Assembly. It's a proposal ...


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