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September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Airport Update: Hundreds Of Flights Canceled At O'Hare, Midway ...

O'Hare and Midway airports reported hundreds of canceled flights, as well as delays of 60 minutes and longer, Sunday. The intentionally set fire at the Federal Aviation Administration's air-traffic-control facility in Aurora, Ill., Friday has led to ...


September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago parks to get $2.4M in state money

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Park District will receive $2.4 million in state money to improve five parks. The money is coming from the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Sunday. He says the money will ...


September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Could Chicago's Rahm Emanuel lose his re-election race?

The divide-and-conquer approach has so far paid off: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, enormously popular in Chicago and a clear winner over Emanuel in the polls, announced this summer that she would not run. Her decision came two ...


September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Reverse mortgages poised for rebound amid troubled history

... Federal Housing Administration data by Reverse Market Insight, a California-based company. This year, Philadelphia was followed by Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago. After retiring two years ... In the coming weeks, FHA, a division of the Housing ...


September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Tech Cities Struggle With New Business Rules

Chicago, for example, assesses licensing fees and requires rideshare companies to submit to background checks, vehicle inspections, driver tests and random drug screens of their employees. The companies are also required to obtain $1 million in ... For ...


September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Time to grade mayor's peformance

It's been more than three years since we sat down with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to review the promises and progress of his first 100 days in office in an interview that was broadcast live on the Better Government Association's website. ... crime ...


September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Buttons point to popularity, and no one is winning in Illinois

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was into buttons, but interest in gubernatorial buttons has fallen off since then. “I actually have nothing from this campaign,” Sigoloff said of the Quinn versus Rauner race. Dottie Palombo, of Highland Park, is ...


September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

New Quinn TV ad slams Rauner for tie to swindler Stuart Levine

Rod Blagojevich; and former Ald. Ed Vrdyolyak (10th). The Quinn ad follows by two weeks the release of a Rauner commercial, which ties the governor to his one-time running mate, Blagojevich, and the “corruption, patronage, cronyism, investigations ...


September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Ex-Sen. Roland Burris an issue in Chicago trial

Rod Blagojevich to a U.S. Senate in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming onetime Sen. Roland Burris was once accused of seeking to extort a business. Word about the allegation against ...


September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Rauner Still Silent on Ohio Racketeering Lawsuit

Finally, I'll note Bruce Rauner earns a distinction even disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich can't claim. Recall the Feds actually dropped racketeering charges against Blagojevich. Granted, in Blagojevich's case we are talking about the criminal ...


September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Obama's five closest allies

“I'm proud to call you my friend.” The rare partnership between the two allowed Holder greater latitude to pursue an ambitious civil rights agenda during his nearly six years helming the Justice Department. It also created the occasional headache in ...


September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Hoosier Park trying to stay competitive

Live gaming. A legislative committee has been tasked with finding ways to make Indiana casinos, such as Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, shown here, more competitive now that more and more customers are being taken by casinos in Michigan ...


September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Quinn, Rauner differ on tax policy

According to the General Assembly's bi-partisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, because of the drop in rates on Jan. ... A 2011 COGFA study found Illinois taxes 17 services while the average state taxes 56. The same study found ...


September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Local school chiefs wary of proposed education funding reform bill

CALUMET CITY | Count Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 Superintendent Creg Williams among those who are wary of a bill pending before the Illinois General Assembly that aims to reform state public education funding. The bill calls ...


September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Bruce Rauner, Pat Quinn address millennials

It's not a business. Children are not a profitable vessel. You can't put a tax number or any number on education spending,” West said. Appearing about two hours later, Gov. Pat Quinn reminded the crowd he signed the marriage equality bill on the same ...


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