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July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

City to install more jet noise monitors in Chicago

When asked Monday about the status of holding City Council hearings that she and Laurino requested in January, O'Connor,, vice chairman of the council's Aviation Committee, responded: "We are still trying to find a long-term solution as well as short ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

The progressive group that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is shifting its focus to Chicago ahead of a mayoral race that could see Rahm Emanuel battling union leader-activist Karen Lewis. The Working Families Party, aka WFP, is eyeing ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Red light ticket spike fallout at City Hall

A group of aldermen said Monday they will ask City Hall's top watchdog to investigate Chicago's beleaguered red light camera program following a Tribune investigation that revealed a series of suspicious ticket spikes around the city that tagged ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

City of Chicago announces inaugural Five Star Awards in arts

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have announced the establishment of the Fifth Star Awards which will honor “exemplary artists and arts institutions.” The inaugural Awards event is set for ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Illinois Attorney General lawsuits bring increased scrutiny to student loan ...

The Illinois Attorney General's Office has filed two lawsuits against companies purporting to offer student loan relief services. The complaints allege the two companies engaged in deceptive marketing practices and charged consumers hundreds of dollars ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Illinois attorney general: Send concealed carry rejection cases back to review ...

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan plans to ask Cook County Circuit Court judges to send cases involving concealed carry rejections back to the state review board for another look, a spokeswoman for the attorney general said Monday. The Illinois ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

New lawsuits put small railroad money again in jeopardy

The short-line railroads thought they had a solution when the General Assembly passed a bill in April setting up a new 17-cents-a-gallon tax to replace the sales tax, relying on guidance from the court that ruled the other tax discriminatory against ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Israeli card played in treasurer's race

“Mike Frerichs is among the most outspoken and vocal advocates for the State of Israel in the Illinois General Assembly. He was a strong supporter of the bill that would allow for significant new investment in Israel Bonds, and supports the policy that ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

“Rauner opens door to higher income tax rate”

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner today opened the door to a potential income-tax hike, saying the 3.75 percent personal rate he would inherit if he wins this fall would be subject to negotiations with a General Assembly that's expected to ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Report: Positive And Troubling Trends Of Child Well-Being In Illinois

"After years of advocacy by Voices and its coalition partners," he says, "the Illinois General Assembly enacted legislation that doubled the EITC from five percent of the federal credit to 10 percent of the federal credit in 2013." According to Joseph ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Seeking to regain credibility, US teachers unions criticize Obama's education ...

Their model of “social justice unionism” has proven to be a dead end as the betrayal of the 2012 teachers strike, by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Vice President Jesse Sharkey, a supporter of the ISO, showed. The CTU shut down the ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

CPS expands math, sports mentoring program for troubled teens

The Chicago Public Schools will expand a sports-based mentoring program for troubled teens to 2,000 students at 37 schools and add “math tutoring on steroids” to three more schools. The expansion will be made possible by a $10 million infusion of ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

More Details on Midway Jet Noise to Be Released This Week

BRIDGEPORT — As noise complaints spiked around Midway Airport this year, the city is about to release even more data that could send residents into a fever pitch. The data will be made public at a meeting of the Midway Noise Compatibility Commission ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Tourism growth can help city's real estate growth

I have a colleague who moved to Nashville with his wife from Chicago. When researching cities outside of Chicago for their next home, they visited Austin, Charlotte and Nashville. After one visit to Nashville, they were sold. For young and restless ...


July 22, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

Park District Seeks Nominations for Next Round of Playground Improvements

The nomination and voting process are part of the "Chicago Plays!" initiative started in March 2013 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District to replace equipment at more than 300 playgrounds citywide. After nominations, projects will be ...


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