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January 31, 2015 @ 6:00 AM

Goolsby out as head of Richmond housing authority

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, left, listens as Adrienne E. Goolsby, newly-named CEO of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, right, adresses a press conference at City Hall in Richmond, VA Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

New IDNR director Rosenthal touts leadership, conservation background

Rosenthal, a former Republican state representative from Morrisonville, is the new director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Even with cuts made by the Rod Blagojevich administration, the IDNR is still a sprawling agency, with 1,300 ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

When it comes to corruption, US politicians have a lot to learn

Always a solid choice after two consecutive governors, Republican George Ryan and Democrat Rod Blagojevich, were sent to prison in the early 21st century. Louisiana? It is known for its singularly relaxed approach to ethics enforcement. New Jersey?

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Winkeler: IDNR at a critical juncture

... inevitable passing of the political torch. IDNR's decline began during the George Ryan administration. The agency was then decimated during Rod Blagojevich's reign of terror. The IDNR's staff was slashed by nearly 40 percent during the Blagojevich ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel embraces countdown clocks at red-light camera intersections

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday embraced a costly plan to mandate countdown signals at every one of Chicago's 174 red-light camera intersections and vowed to pay five more tickets issued to his own motorcade for running red lights. Unlike his mayoral ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Critics question union support of Rahm Emanuel

In the race for Chicago mayor, incumbent Rahm Emanuel has picked up the support of dozens of labor unions. But Emanuel's critics say the endorsements will not help the mayor where he needs help the most: among African American voters. "The mayor ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel's motorcade caught running red lights - again

The city's website shows Rahm Emanuel's motorcade racked up five more red light violations since November, after the mayor said last May that "no one is above the law." On Thursday, as he answered questions about the citations, he defended red light ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Morris announces State Scholars

High school guidance counselors work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners. The recognition does not include a monetary award, the release noted, but recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job. "I believe she's not only qualified but ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago school district sells nine pieces of property

Chicago Public Schools has agreed to sell nine properties for a total of slightly less than $2 million. The properties include several South Side parcels and a Printer's Row parking lot, but none are the dozens of school buildings shuttered by the ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Public Schools to sell 9 properties for $1.9 million

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools officials say they're selling nine unused properties for approximately $1.9 million. The district said Thursday the properties include everything from vacant land to parking lots to buildings that it no longer ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

4 wireless providers to bankroll $32.5M in 4G coverage to CTA subways

T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon additionally are expected to collectively pay the Chicago Transit Authority $500,000 a year in lease fees, with a 3 percent “annual escalator” built into the 20-year deal, CTA President Forrest Claypool said. The ...

January 30, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Cook County land bank may add 700-plus properties

To date, the land bank, created by the Cook County Board in early 2013, has acquired or earmarked for acquisition more than 60 homes or lots zoned for residential use. The first abandoned homes that have been sold to developers are scheduled to be ...

January 29, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Governors associations top list of biggest state-race donors

Along with the two governors associations, the top donors include several state parties, corporations, labor groups and wealthy individuals. Several were successful and unsuccessful candidates who helped bankroll their own campaigns. Most of the top ...

January 29, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Report: Illinois has five donors in nation's top 50

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - A national labor union that represents government employees. $19.2 million. 7. Bruce and Diana Rauner .... by Chicago Sun-Times via twitter 2:41 PM. #ELMHURST: Keep Villa Ave OR West ...

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