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July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Progressives Target Rahmbo

The coalition's goal is to hold Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's feet to the fire as the first-term Democrat campaigns for re-election and renegotiates labor agreements. The most problematic is the Chicago Teachers Union contract, which expires next June.

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Lewis Not Discouraged By Trailing Emanuel In Poll

45 percent of those responding are either supporting or leaning toward supporting the mayor with 33 percent supporting or leaning toward supporting the Chicago Teachers Union president. 22 percent are undecided and the margin of error is 4.4 percent.

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

State waits on Carter's certification application to be superintendent

The state Department of Education last week asked Carter to withdraw himself from consideration for the New London superintendent's job. Carter has declined to do so, and the state Department of Education reiterated its request on Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

New buyer emerges for Chicago Public Schools HQ

A venture of Chicago-based Blue Star Properties Inc. has a contract to buy the 507,920-square-foot tower at 125 S. Clark St., which it plans to redevelop as loft office space after CPS moves out later this year, Blue Star founder Craig Golden confirmed.

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Farm talk: Skokie's urban farm sprouts to life

A non-profit group that began in Evanston, the Talking Farm acquired two acres of property it leases from the Skokie Park District. The initial plan was to develop property owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District even closer to the ...

July 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

New group fighting gun violence in South Side wards

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), Ald. Will Burns (4th), Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) were among the fundraiser's more than 120 attendees. Though Lowry would ...

July 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

The business of hiring and getting hired at Jewish non-profits

Broadly speaking, employment continues to be “a buyer's market,” says Linda Wolfe, director of career development and placement at JVS Chicago, an affiliate agency of the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS). “Employers are ...

July 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Why Are Postal Workers Boycotting Staples?

But last Tuesday, the nation's window clerks and other mail service staff assembled in Chicago to declare that, despite efforts in Washington to privatize and downsize the Postal Service, nothing would keep these workers from their appointed rounds ...

July 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Crist And Scott Could Make History by Being So Unpopular in Florida

One of those elections involved the now-disgraced Rod Blagojevich. Then governor of Illinois, he won re-election in 2006, even though his average favorable rating was one point lower than his average unfavorable rating. He was able to do so because his ...

July 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Former Gov. Ryan reflects on prison time

Monday, he blasted the federal prison system and questioned the sentence for another former governor, Rod Blagojevich, in a wide-ranging interview on "Windy City Live" on ABC7. Earlier this month, just after his release from federal supervision, former ...

July 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Our View: 'Rita's Law' could curb corruption

Illinois' last two governors, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, ended up in prison on corruption charges, and before them, ex-governors Otto Kerner and Dan Walker did time for their crimes. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, D-Chicago, is currently behind ...

July 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Asks Obama to Send a Thousand Illegals to Chicago

Chicago already has detention facilities for nearly 500 illegal aliens, but Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants one thousand more, all at the taxpayers' expense. Late last week, Chicago's Democrat mayor announced that he intended to expand Chicago's ...

July 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

E15 gasoline proposal goes nowhere at City Council hearing

Burke often has led the way on city ordinances, such as requiring smoke detectors in all homes more than three decades ago. But he also had put forth proposals that get lengthy Finance Committee hearings but no vote, including one he made last year to ...

July 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Opinion: City Council Once Again Trying to Pull Wool Over Its Own Eyes

Yet the City of Chicago's actual job posting for the position says absolutely nothing about knowing how the Chicago City Council works. Instead, it says qualified candidates must understand issues such as how public-private partnerships operate ...

July 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

City Council Set to Stop Harlem Avenue From Turning into a 'Canyon'

DUNNING — A measure designed to prevent Harlem Avenue from being turned into a "canyon" by high-rise apartment buildings is expected to be approved Wednesday by the Chicago City Council. The measure, introduced by Ald. Tim Cullerton (38th), was ...

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