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September 20, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Courthouse to get new phone system

Twenty-three thousand eight hundred sixty dollars may seem like a lot to pay for a telephone system, but according to Rena Rogers, it's a bargain. Cook County's communications director told the county board Sept. 16, 2014 that it is past time to ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois unemployment numbers spur debate among Rauner, Quinn campaigns

Later, Rauner issued a statement blaming Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich for the state's economy that he described as being in a "massive hole." "We need to grow," Rauner said. "I've been a business builder ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Say what? Emanuel to consider a Karen Lewis financial idea

At issue are billions of dollars of deals involving the city and Chicago Public Schools that were entered into during the tenure of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. In the transactions, the city effectively bet that interest rates would rise but, after ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Ex-Daley deputy chief of staff gets probation for charity theft

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's deputy chief of staff was spared a prison term Thursday for stealing nearly $100,000 from a Chinatown charity. Gene Lee — a 65-year-old Chinatown leader who for years was an aide to Daley — was instead sentenced to ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

ComEd to refund $46 million in settlement

Commonwealth Edison Co. has agreed to refund customers $46 million in a settlement with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The refunds, stemming from rate disputes that dated to 2008, will take the form of credits on customers' November electric ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

WRITE TEAM: Know who is running — and vote

You can go to the Illinois General Assembly website to see how our state senators and representatives voted. There is a website as well to see the voting records of U.S. senators and congressman. The candidates new to politics have a more difficult ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

GOP's Rauner no fan of gambling, airport slots

Rauner, who said any expansion should maximize profit, also said he'd lean against putting slots at O'Hare and Midway airports — one of the ideas that's been floated in the Illinois General Assembly. “When visitors are coming into Illinois, there's a ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn touts state's falling unemployment rate as vote draws ...

As Illinois voters inched closer to deciding on Nov. 4, who will be the state's next governor, incumbent candidate Gov. Pat Quinn was hitting hard today on job creation, one of his principal re-election themes. Among other things Quinn pointed to the ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CTU report: Layoff of 468 custodians will add to filth at schools

The Chicago Teachers Union is adding its voice to the chorus denouncing the conditions of school buildings since Chicago Public Schools privatized custodial services last spring. The imminent layoff of 468 custodians is only going to add to the filth ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Won't Have A Barack Obama High After All

The Chicago Board of Education decided that the proposed selective-enrollment institution would not be called Barack Obama College Preparatory High School as planned due to a district policy against naming public schools after a living person ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

District 201 Board of Education Meeting Recap for September 10, 2014

At Wednesday's Board Meeting, recognition was the theme of the night. Students were praised for their hard work, teachers congratulated for impressive test results, and the district applauded for its distinguished performance. Morton West Senior ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Something smells in Little Village

About six years ago, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago gave serious consideration to a solution: capping the area and installing a wetlands project. According to a 2008 public notice about the project posted by the Illinois ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Cook County ZBA recommends Mission Hills project

NORTHBROOK — The Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously Sept. 17 to recommend the 137-unit Red Seal housing project in Mission Hills to the county's board of commissioners. The County Board's Zoning & Building Committee is ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Critics: Juvenile Offender Monitoring Needs Overhaul In Wake Of Roseland Rape

Cook County 15th District Commissioner Tim Schneider wrote a letter to County Board President Toni Preckwinkle asking for a review of monitoring procedures and EM candidates. “We need to make sure that these people are not going to go out in society ...

September 19, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Reverse mortgages are hot again

This year, Philadelphia was followed by Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago. After retiring from his newspaper ad sales job two years ago, Myles Griffin and his wife took out a reverse mortgage in May to ... In the coming weeks, the FHA, a division of ...

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