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January 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel, challengers face off over elected school boards

The issue of an elected school board has been driven by Emanuel's chief political nemesis, the Chicago Teachers Union, as an outgrowth of the first-term mayor's 2013 decision to have his school board close 49 elementary schools and a high school ...

January 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Passenger traffic up at Tulsa airport, but many opt to fly out of other cities

Southwest Airlines began flying nonstop between Tulsa and Chicago Midway International Airport the same year. Yet Tulsa International Airport still faces plenty of challenges. Officials estimate that they lose the business of 25 percent of area air ...

January 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

For Rauner, it's essential that every dollar matters

Bruce Rauner speaks during a visit to Harper College in Palatine Friday. ... Rauner spokesman Lance Trover laid out the duties for the new hire, saying the chief of staff “oversees the staff at the executive residence and will serve as the first lady's ...

January 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Montana Album: Universities, colleges get new names

Montana State College will be known as Montana State University. ... Helena Downtown Shopping, Inc. Most telling argument appeared to be one made by William F. Crowley, attorney for the Montana Municipal League, who said, “This is the first time in my ...

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rauner keeps human rights chief under Blagojevich, Quinn

Rod Blagojevich, and remained in the position under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Rauner faced criticism from Quinn on the campaign trail for refusing to detail his position on gay marriage. cComments. Got something to say? Start the conversation and be ...

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

'Full-time alderman' pulls in $84000 moonlighting

Then again, you have equally unapologetic part-time aldermen such as the City Council's longest-serving member, Ed Burke, who makes a fortune in a law practice that surely benefits from his political interests. But, in classic Chicago style, is utterly ...

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

A buck buys a piece of Chicago

Asiaha Butler's recently purchased lot in Englewood isn't much to look at now, but she plans to change that. The city sold her the land for $1 under a program designed to reduce blight and get city-owned vacant lots back on the property tax rolls.

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Ernie Banks, Beloved 'Mr. Cub,' Dead at 83

“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time,” Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, said in a prepared statement. “He ...

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Walls On Bid For Mayor: “We Work Harder Than The Other Candidates”

Walls, an aide to the late Mayor Harold Washington, has run for mayor twice before, losing to Richard M. Daley in a race less crowded than this one in 2007. Why does Walls expect the result to be any different this time? “Daley was popular, and I got ...

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Police: Photo arrays are preferred way to ID suspects

... beefy men — including former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew — stood shoulder to shoulder in a Chicago Police Department lineup back in 2004. Witnesses viewed them through a one-way mirror, but none identified the nephew, Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, ...

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

The scene at Old St. Pat's felt like a Daley reunion

A memorial at Old St. Pat's Church for former Chicago Park District Commissioner Tim Mitchell felt something like a reunion as former Mayor Richard M. Daley and many of his top aides came by to pay their respects. Attendees included former chiefs of ...

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

President stirs a hornets nest; Idea to tax college savings plans stings

The state has a 529 prepaid college savings plan called College Illinois! available through an agency answerable to the governor, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. As of the end of June 2014, it had assets of $1.17 billion and about 45,800 ...

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Nine seniors at PBL High named Illinois State Scholars

Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the students' junior year. High school guidance counselors work with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to determine the winners.

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois attorney general blocks Lottery termination deal

CHICAGO (AP) —€” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan rejected a proposed agreement ending the state's contract with the private vendor that ran the Illinois Lottery because of possible legal violations and the potential of higher fees, according to ...

January 24, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Other Voices: What happened to the real Pat Quinn?

The real Pat Quinn would not have left such an important decision to his successor while needlessly making appointments he knew wouldn't stand. Applications were submitted in September and Quinn set a self-imposed deadline of the end of 2014 to grant ...

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