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May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Bruce Rauner's view of cards different than what voters dealt

1. Bruce Rauner 50.3 percent, Pat Quinn, 46.3 percent: Against a beleaguered incumbent who had run Illinois' financial ship aground and appeared helpless to control the Legislature, Rauner spent $27 million of his own money to score a solid victory ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner gives state board gigs to Andolino, Schillerstrom

... press release that she has "an extensive understanding of how city operations work." The appointment comes amid continuing speculation that the authority might be merged with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which runs McCormick Place.

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Brown: Riverwalk is nice but price might be hard to explain

Or they might say it's no wonder property taxes are so high when the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District pays $44 million to settle a lawsuit resulting from a foolish fight over the use of the alley outside its Near North Side headquarters. And ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Is Hoping to Retire the Word “Waste”

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's new five-year strategic plan expands on the work the agency has been doing on everything from flood mitigation to infrastructure maintenance, and focuses on making wastewater management ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Alvarez rips apart Preckwinkle pension plan

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has torn a gaping hole in pension reform legislation being pushed in Springfield by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. In a move loaded with political implications, Alvarez's office wrote a legal ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Walker distances himself from jobs agency he once held up as a model

Hours after the audit's May 8 release, Walker, 47, abandoned his plan to merge the agency with the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. A week later, he said he wanted to phase out its $74 million loan portfolio. His administration ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

To get around Congress, Obama turns to city halls

Instead of Capitol Hill, those victories happened in city halls, state houses and county buildings far from Washington. At least six major cities — Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tacoma, Wash., and Washington, D.C. — have passed paid ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Proposal to bring PADS clients to Midlothian Manor voted down

Officials with Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Lake County and the Lake County Housing Authority were seeking to place clients from PADS' Safe Haven program in Midlothian Manor, a 14-unit efficiency-apartment building on the southwest corner ...

May 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Suburbs' share of income taxes not cut in Democrats' state budget plan

In turn, Rauner has the ability to sign, reject or amend the Legislature's plan it presents him. The General Assembly went into overtime under Rauner's two Democratic predecessors, former Gov. Pat Quinn and now imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich ...

May 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Health care, faith and conscience

It became a flashpoint in 2005, when Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued an executive order forcing pharmacies to fill prescriptions for contraceptives, including Plan B, the "morning-after pill" that critics regard as an abortion drug. A lawsuit by four ...

May 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

John H. White: Legendary photojournalist

Legendary photojournalist John H. White lives by three words: faith, focus, flight. “I'm faithful to my purpose, my mission, my assignment, my work, my dreams. I stay focused on what I'm doing and what's important. And I keep in flight – I spread my ...

May 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

These Women Want to Grow Plants and Produce on Your Roof -- And Pay You

Then-Mayor Richard M. Daley kickstarted Chicago's green movement in 2001 with the installation of City Hall's green roof. (He was inspired after a trip to Hamburg, Germany.) To encourage green building, the city offers incentives such as expedited ...

May 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Our View: Time for newcomers to learn Open Meetings Act

1, 2012, all members of public bodies have been required to complete online training on the Open Meetings Act through a curriculum developed and administered by the Public Access Counselor's office, which is part of the Illinois Attorney General's office.

May 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Illinois Lawmakers Have Until Friday to Pass Budget

There's one week left until the end of the Illinois General Assembly. So far, lawmakers have yet to start a budget. That has many wondering if the session is going too long. Lawmakers say it's because of the lack of bipartisanship. The general assembly ...

May 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Several bills could be coming to the Illinois General Assembly this week

The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to end Sunday, May 31 and there are dozens of bills yet to be considered. Among the bills is HB3564 which would create give new casinos and would allow slots at horse racing tracks. It's not sure at this time ...

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