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August 29, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Quinn Earmarks $10 Million for Chicago Public Schools "Safe Passage" Program

Pat Quinn on Thursday announced the state is earmarking $10 million for Chicago Public Schools' "Safe Passage" program that aims to make kids' school routes more secure. The money will go toward adding new routes for 93 schools signed up for Safe ...

August 29, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Labor Day Weekend Travelers to Hit Chicago-Area Roads, Airports

Millions of people are expected to hit the roads and the sky to travel for Labor Day weekend. The Chicago Department of Aviation expects more than 1.2 million passengers at O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport between Friday and Tuesday.

August 29, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Scientific Kickstarter project $220 shortly after fun potato salad raised more

If I had been working for either the College of DuPage or Richard J. Daley College one of the City Colleges of Chicago for a few years I would be in the adjuncts unions. As a member of the unions perhaps then some money would be available to me for a ...

August 29, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

West Chicago Park District office to move this weekend

8 at the ARC Center. The Park District website and servers will be down during the move. Many Park District facilities may not be able to accept credit card payments during this time. Guests should call facilities to confirm credit card payments will ...

August 29, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Smaller taxing districts in Fox Valley may consolidate

... the Water Commission Act of 1985. It makes it possible for all taxing districts created by those codes “to cease operation upon a majority vote of the governing board of that district. ... The Otter Creek Water Reclamation District consolidated ...

August 29, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Montebello Shifts to Recycled Water at Local Park

The severe statewide drought has spurred interest in water reclamation in a number of local cities, but the cost to build infrastructure to support the systems varies city to city, and in some cases is proving too expensive. The city of Bell Gardens ...

August 29, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Review cuts almost $2M from West Park project

It also includes $1.1 million to build a backflow valve to prevent sewage from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's larger flood control system from flowing into Wilmette systems during those storms, as well as a pump station to operate the tank.

August 29, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Barry Croall, Ex-Cook Co. flood relief head, indicted in federal fraud case

The flood program was a mess from the start under then-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, and now the man Stroger put in charge of doling out disaster grants has been busted by the feds. Barry Croall and an associate are charged in a scheme to ...

August 29, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Illinois Appellate Court Holds Cook County Use Tax On Non-Titled Tangible ...

On November 9, 2012, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the use tax ordinance as a component of its budget for fiscal year 2013. Under the ordinance, effective April 1, 2013, the use tax is imposed "upon the privilege of using in the county ...

August 28, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Deal on health care aids port contract talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a ...

August 28, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

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Among the nation's 372 metropolitan areas, 15 areas had jobless rates of 10.0% or more and 68 areas had jobless rates of less than 5.0% in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Areas with the largest decreases in year-over-year unemployment were: ...

August 28, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel wants $13 an hour minimum wage in Chicago

"Illinois should do it, and when Illinois does it, we're going to take the steps necessary to get us to the $13 here in the city of Chicago, because it's relevant to making sure work pays and making sure people can afford to live in the city of Chicago ...

August 28, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

This Wednesday, we turn our attention from Illinois' gubernatorial showdown to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's upcoming re-election battle against ... Karen Lewis? The Chicago Teachers Union firebrand (and sworn Rahm enemy) is seriously considering a ...

August 28, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Park Ridge aldermen stop red-light camera proposal

Recent questions about red-light enforcement cameras in the city of Chicago have led Park Ridge aldermen to postpone a vote related to bringing a second camera to their community. The Park Ridge City Council on Aug. 18 voted to refer the matter of ...

August 28, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Mayor Emanuel's Love for JRW's Team, Not Neighborhoods

... meticulously by friend and former colleague Tracy Swartz of RedEye to see how it and the city's other communities had fared during Emanuel's 39 months as mayor as compared with the same amount of time during his predecessor Richard M. Daley's ...

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