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October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Finances at Issue as Illinois Voters Pick Comptroller and Treasurer

The state's budgeting process and debt management fall to the governor's administration — with a majority vote of the General Assembly needed to approve a budget and a three-fifths supermajority to approve new borrowing — but both officers offer a ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Treasurer Candidates In Attack Mode As Election Nears

The Republican, whose campaign did not return an interview request, has said he would be willing to sue the Illinois General Assembly and the governor to enforce that provision if elected treasurer. Frerichs, who has noted that Cross has "voted for ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Ad Claims Amendment to Law in IL Could Help Solve Murder

Quinn will welcome, carefully review and take action on any legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly that addresses public safety in Illinois.” At this point, there is no bill in the Illinois legislature that is trying to bring an amendment ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Pat Quinn's 11.9 Billion Hot Dog Tax (Ketchup Not Included) On Taxpayers

is actually the money Gov. Pat Quinn, Speaker Mike Madigan, Cullerton and others took out of taxpayers' pockets. That's money taxpayers could have spent on other things they really wanted and needed if the politicians had done what they were supposed ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

No school in Waukegan Thursday

With less than a week to go before Election Day, Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday moved to intervene in the nearly monthlong Waukegan teacher strike, telling Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico to try to strike a deal. "Students in Waukegan ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Pat Quinn pulls out 'You Know Me' ad as closer

Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign for reelection pulled a memento out of his 2010 political trick bag with his "You Know Me" ad as a closer spot in advance of Tuesday's election. The ad: The script: "You know me. "I've fought for everyday people all my life.

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Dead heat in gov race —Downstate up for grabs?

With less than a week until Tuesday's election, Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner are in a statistical dead heat with a surprising division among deep Downstate voters, according to a new Early & Often poll. The survey, conducted Wednesday in live ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Education Activists Warn Of More 'Civil Disobedience' Over Dyett High ...

The Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett in 2012 due to poor academic performance. The high school is slated to close after its last senior class of just 13 students graduates at the end of the current academic year. Bronzeville would no ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Waukegan Mayor Wants School Board Member To Resign After Telling Parents ...

Students have missed 18 days of school during a strike that has lasted twice as long as the Chicago Public Schools teachers' strike in 2012. Motley said it's critical for Gov. Pat Quinn to intervene in Waukegan. “I called him first thing this morning ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Waukegan School Board member apologizes for telling crowd to 'shut up'

Both the Board of Education and I have witnessed first hand a great passion for education from parents, students and community members," Waukegan Superintendent Dr. Donaldo R. Batiste said in the statement. "We eagerly look forward to working together ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Winnetka preparing for winter, road repairs in public works budget

In August, the village received a $2 million grant from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, which will be used toward the completion of the northwest Winnetka stormwater projects. Last month, the village discussed results of ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Making Chicago greener: Tribune endorsements for 3 MWRD seats

Build a metropolis atop a once-swampy lowland and you wind up not only with questions of water quality, but also of commerce and drainage. Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District deal with these issues and a host of environmental ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Transit Authority reveals some electrifying news

It's taken two years, but the Chicago Transit Authority said today it has added two fully electric buses to its fleet — part of a slow, but well-intentioned effort to modernize the Authority's entire bus fleet. The CTA first announced in 2012 that it ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

He's quiet and careful, but don't count Garcia out in mayor race

Always the dependable team member, first with Washington and since 2010 with County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Garcia has rarely been out front. I'm sure Garcia's name crossed my mind when I ran through possible mayoral candidates for 2015, ...

October 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

$25.7 million public housing renovation breaks ground

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Evanston Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) gave remarks at the Perlman Apartments in front of an audience of about 70. Other officials in attendance included HACC executive director ...

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