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March 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Garcia touts 2 tax proposals as fixes for city's finances

"Here's the issue: Should 100 donors in the city of Chicago and elsewhere be able to determine who is the mayor? Simply because they can give him $30 million over the past five years? I think that's wrong," Garcia said. "I think that puts ordinary ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Hopkins, Pattison Face Off At Heated 2nd Ward Runoff Debate

Hopkins is a former aide to Cook County Commissioner John Daley, brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and past president of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR). Pattison is an attorney, Local School Council member ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

GSU gets national award

(Bruce) Rauner and the General Assembly understand our story, I think that they're going to be our partners. What this award says is that Governors State University is a good investment. It's an investment that even in hard times, even when there are ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois seizing clean-energy funds to balance budget

Under current law, energy suppliers will have to pay tens of millions into the fund again in the fall, potentially creating an enticing target for the revenue-starved General Assembly in fiscal 2016. Exelon, in an emailed statement, said it "agrees ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Extras on Excise: Illinois' Self-Procurement Tax on Captives—Will It Be ...

The Illinois General Assembly is taking this message to heart and is trying again to repeal a self-procurement tax on premiums paid to out-of-state captive insurance companies. The tax went into effect in January after an attempt at repeal failed last ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Lanny McDonald new Hockey Hall of Fame chairman, replaces Pat Quinn

Lanny McDonald is a member of the Mustache Hall of Fame for good reason. As of Wednesday, he has a new place in the Hockey Hall of Fame — as chairman of the board. McDonald replaces the late Pat Quinn, the Hall announced. Lanny McDonald (Getty ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Public Education and the Ability to Do Math in Chicago

Of course, we owe it to teachers to support them and protect their retirement. They're on the front-lines everyday, rolling up their sleeves and working the hardest for our children. But Chuy Garcia and the Chicago Teacher's Union also owe it to them ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Chuy Garcia Mayoral Ad Stretches The Truth About Rahm Emanuel's School ...

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Chicago School Fight

Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools — open to all ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

School janitors protest outside CPS headquarters; CTU, fast food workers call ...

They demanded the Chicago Board of Education and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to provide a $15 minimum wage for all CPS employees, including subcontracted workers and parent workers who help students get to and from school safely. Safe Passage routes ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Obama International Airport? Emanuel floats idea of renaming O'Hare, Midway

Mayor Rahm Emanuel responds to a question during a Chicago mayoral candidate forum at Chicago State University's Jones Convocation Center on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Mayor Rahm Emanuel responds to a question during a Chicago mayoral ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

State grant freeze jeopardizes proposed West Chicago turf center

The Parks and Recreation Construction grant program through the Department of Natural Resources is one of several grant programs for park development that has been put on hold by the state in an effort to balance its budget. The West Chicago Park ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Centennial Fountain water cannon getting more hours but less work

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is adding an hour, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., but to reduce congestion and increase safety on the river, the duration of the water arc will be reduced to five minutes. The concern is for human ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Mission Hills Group Vows to Continue Fight Against Red Seal Development

Addressed to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the complaint official requests that the county stop the rezoning process related to Red Seal until the matter is investigated. Schneider, another Openlands member says, should have recused ...


March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Battle of the mayoral political ads

... said Ken Snyder, a political consultant at Snyder and Pickerill Media Group, which worked on the campaigns of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. He is not working with either mayoral ...


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