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November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Obama to announce immigration action Jindals Common Core case heads to ...

Members of the American Federation of Teachers, meanwhile, will be joining parents, students and faith leaders to rally for more investment in public schools. Demonstrations in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and a dozen other cities will call for ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Ralliers in Pittsburgh Call For More Education Funding

Parents, students, teachers, community organizations and labor unions gathered for a press conference held outside the Pittsburgh Board of Education Building on Bellefield Avenue to show their support for public education and to decry the cuts that ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

McDonald's workers' global tour begins

McDonald's workers from major cities in the United States have begun their eight-country, three-continent tour in support of the global labor movement. Workers from franchises in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles made their way to places such as ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Blago Lawyer Sam Adam Jr. Mulls a Run For State's Attorney: Report

Sam Adam Jr., one of Rod Blagojevich's former attorneys, dropped by the courthouse Wednesday to show his support for the former governor. (Published Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011). "Blagojevich is not a criminal. I've had some criminals, and he is not a ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CTA approves 2015 balanced budget and 2015-2019 Capital Program

"The Chicago Transit Authority Board applauds this fiscally-responsible 2015 budget that reflects the effective management of this agency under the leadership of CTA President Forrest Claypool and his team," said Chicago Transit Board Chairman Terry ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Pediatricians promote more sleep for students

... American Academy of Pediatrics have pushed Chicago officials to roll back public school start times to allow middle and high school students to get more sleep. The efforts have been rebuffed. But medical experts on Thursday attended a City Council ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago aldermen raise questions about legality of security rules for ...

19--The City Council on Wednesday held off on voting on a measure to toughen security standards at Chicago marijuana dispensaries after aldermen raised questions about whether the rules would be legal. The council deferred the proposal to require ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Aldermen Sound Off On Plan To Block Higher Chicago Minimum Wage

Thirty-four Chicago aldermen signed a letter sent Wednesday to outgoing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic state leaders, urging against a minimum wage proposal that would block the city and other local home rule governments from enacting their own ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Chicago's red light cameras

The Tribune reported last year that Ed Burke wrote letters to the administration of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2007 questioning the way the city awarded the red light camera business to Redflex , calling the relationship "suspect since its inception.

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Look beyond the courts for CPS bonds

Look beyond the courts for CPS bonds. Pension and WelfareRahm EmanuelRichard M. Daley. Don't tax us, Mayor Emanuel; tax the banks. The Tribune's expose on how banks hurt taxpayers by cheating the taxpayer-supported schools was wonderful.

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel's silent partner in mayoral campaign: Mike Madigan

Madigan — the Illinois Democratic Party chairman who also runs the powerful 13th Ward Democratic Organization — didn't endorse anyone for mayor four years ago, when Emanuel succeeded retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley. And Madigan has yet to ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

No ordinary Jane

She lasted only one term, defeated for re-election by a black man named Harold Washington, another outlier, in a three-way race involving the Boss's son, Richard M. Daley. Ultimately, the Daleys would reclaim their birthright, the mayor's office. Byrne ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Aldermen warn Springfield not to tie their hands on minimum wage

Aldermen who want to raise Chicago's hourly minimum wage to $13 — or even $15 — are warning the Illinois General Assembly not to tie their hands. In a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

You Paid For It: Lawmaker Salaries and Bonuses

The Illinois General Assembly is the fifth highest-paid state legislature when comparing base salaries. California, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan all have higher base salaries for their legislators according to the National Conference of State ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rauner asks Quinn to freeze hiring, says state finances 'stunningly bad'

Pat Quinn to freeze hiring in preparation for a government transition that's nearly two months away. "The financial condition of the state of Illinois is stunningly bad, it's horrible," said Rauner, who gave no specifics about the breadth of the ...

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