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May 23, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Yellow Line to remain closed several more weeks

Allison Fore, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, said it will be two more weeks before officials know an exact timeline for all necessary repairs, and then "several more weeks" beyond that for the final ...

May 23, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Camp Shabbona Woods opens for public camping

For the first time in decades, people can camp in some Cook County forest preserves. Camp Shabbona Woods in South Holland opened today. County Board president Toni Preckwinkle was among the political leaders on hand for the ribbon cutting. She says ...

May 23, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Public housing initiative offers second chance to some with arrest records

The Chicago Housing Authority is testing a pilot program that will allow 50 convicted felons to obtain apartments or vouchers. CHA has also begun to allow current public housing residents and voucher holders to add relatives with criminal records to ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

How Big Money Lost in Philly's Mayoral Race

Daniel Denvir notes in The Nation that just six weeks ago, there was a similar situation playing out in Chicago's mayoral race as school-choice advocate Rahm Emanuel and a stable of super PACs massively outspent progressive challenger Chuy Garcia and ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Your daily “right to work” roundup

I think it is fair to conclude that Rauner's attacks on organized labor are designed to fail because they are so poorly designed, continuously fail, and yet continue. But is so doing 1) distract us from his failures to enact a budget and 2) attempt to ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Our View: Clock ticking for newbies to learn Open Meetings Act

Rod Blagojevich corruption scandal of 2008-09 is greater attention to openness and transparency in Illinois government. Reform legislation regarding the Open Meetings Act put greater responsibility on members of public bodies, such as municipal ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Rauner: Expect a very long extra session

Out of all the zingers aimed Rod Blagojevich's way, David Letterman had one of the most memorable. Blagojevich visited the show in his post-arrest publicity tour. "I've been wanting to be on your show in the worst way for the longest time," Blagojevich ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Chance the Rapper teams up with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to curtail ...

Chance the Rapper, who's from the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, is teaming up with the mayor of the Second City, Rahm Emanuel, to deter shootings and violence in the city over the holiday weekend.

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Emanuel wants to loosen liquor rules at Navy Pier

Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan, "persons shall be permitted to consume and carry an open container of alcoholic liquor throughout Navy Pier." (WGN-TV). By John Byrne Chicago Tribune contact the reporter. Emanuel's plan would make it easier to walk ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Jane Byrne's photo added to 'Women of the Chicago City Council' gallery

Byrne would go on to become Chicago's first and only female mayor. She had to wait until last year, shortly before her death, to gain official recognition for her achievements and until this week to get her photo on the “Women of the Chicago City ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Two Years Later, Aldermen Finally Pick Independent Budget Analyst

CHICAGO (CBS) — A nearly two-year deadlock over who would run the Chicago City Council's independent budget office has come to an end, as aldermen have reached a consensus choice to become their first-ever financial analyst. Ben Winick, who was a ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago Added 82 Potential New Cubs Fans in 2013

And he argued that it's a crying shame that former Mayor Richard M. Daley so badly bungled the 75-year, $1.15 billion deal that privatized Chicago's parking meters by the way he structured the lease and spent the proceeds instead of using them to ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Emanuel forging ahead with $805 million refinancing despite higher cost tied ...

The refinancing is at the center of Emanuel's plan to move away from risky financial practices that former Mayor Richard M. Daley used to “mask” the true cost of city government. It will now be completed in two phases: $382.6 million in variable-rate ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Restored Prairie Style home listed for $2.2 million

The previous owner, William Thompson, was the ex-husband of Patricia Daley, who was the daughter of Mayor Richard J. Daley and sister of Mayor Richard M. Daley. Price and Martinez could not be reached for comment. They never moved in and leased the ...

May 22, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Tom Swoik: Education funding at stake in Illinois casino debate

The governor, the Illinois General Assembly and Chicago city hall once again are discussing issuing $900 million in new taxpayer debt to build what could be the largest casino in the world, plus widespread gaming expansion by adding casinos and racinos ...

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