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December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

14 CPS Students Surprised With New Laptops

CHICAGO (CBS) – Former Bears lineman James “Big Cat” Williams surprised several Chicago Public Schools students with new laptop computers, after they won a program designed to help them with getting into college. The Get Schooled program, ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Southwest Airlines' battles at Midway Airport may not be over as 2014 ends

The year 2014 was an historic one for Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) at Chicago's Midway Airport. And not all of the history made was of the sort the low-fare behemoth — or the millions who fly the airline every year — are in any hurry to recollect.

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

EPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

EPA is working closely with cities such as East Bay MUD (California), Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (Illinois) and Miami-Dade County (Florida) to cut discharges of raw sewage and contaminated stormwater through integrated planning, green ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Montrose Green TOD Actually Fits Its Neighborhood Just Fine

Developer David Brown wants to bring a neighborhood restaurant to a site right outside the the Chicago Transit Authority's Montrose Brown Line station, along with 24 apartments, a small office space, and 10 car parking spaces. The city's zoning ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Another View: Keep chipping away at clemency requests

Unfortunately, former governor Rod Blagojevich didn't see it that way. Citizens seeking clemency under his administration desperately waited for responses from his office, but in hundreds of cases, responses never came. After Blagojevich was removed ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel urged to resolve stalemate stalling council budget office

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) said he is heartened by the fact that Emanuel is claiming credit for the reform on his campaign website — without mentioning that the independent budget office has yet to get off the ground because of a dispute over who will ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

City Workers Fight Chicago Pension Reforms

CHICAGO (CN) - Several labor unions sued the Municipal Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago and its board in Cook County on Tuesday, seeking a declaration that a law to change their retirement benefits violates the Illinois constitution.

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel halts private parking on city lots near United Center

The parking-lot operators appear to have begun using the city-owned lots during the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley, when the city began acquiring land for construction of the United Center, built across from the old Chicago Stadium. Mayor ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Reilly urges residents to howl about dog ban at Maggie Daley Park

In June, 2008, the City Council voted 33-16 to approve former Mayor Richard M. Daley's controversial plan to build a $100 million Children's Museum in Grant Park over Reilly's strenuous objections. The vote set off a marathon court fight over 172 years ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Judy Baar Topinka memorial: Pat Quinn, Brucew Rauner, James Thompson offer ...

Judy Baar Topinka memorial: Pat Quinn, Brucew Rauner, James Thompson offer high praise. Illinois comptroller remembered as honest, hard-working leader. Published: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 3:21 p.m. CST ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Judy Baar Topinka memorial: Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner, James Thompson ...

Pat Quinn remembered Topinka in his remarks as a politician who went the extra mile and then some. “She volunteered for very difficult and challenging assignments throughout her life,” Quinn said. “She was always known for telling the truth – a truth ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel opponents to continue push for elected school board

Opponents of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Chicago Teachers Union and other groups are trying to keep the spotlight on their call for an elected school board with a Wednesday morning news conference. They will also call on the mayor's hand-picked school ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Dyett Proposal Gets High-Profile Support at Board of Education Meeting

He chided Chicago Public Schools for ignoring the community-backed proposal, in that "those people who have a desire to give it the fame and acclaim that it once enjoyed have not been included in the new ideas about what should Dyett be." Dyett has ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Protesters want elected Chicago Public Schools board

Protesters gathered outside Chicago Public Schools new Loop headquarters Wednesday to demand an elected school board. The group — a coalition of neighborhood groups and members of the Chicago Teachers Union — boasted it had collected enough ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Kennedy King College President Participates in White House College Day

In Chicago, African American students make up 37 percent of City Colleges of Chicago students, while at Kennedy King, they're the majority. The Englewood campus is made up of 97 percent of African Americans and Hispanics. Stevens said that most of the ...

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