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November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Teens address top city issues at annual speech competition

Most Chicago Public Schools students won't be eligible to vote in February's mayoral election, but a group of them offered cleareyed responses when asked what they'd tackle first if they held City Hall's highest office. Most Chicago Public Schools ...

November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Attorney general warns of immigration scams

CHICAGO – The Illinois attorney general's office warns that with President Obama's sweeping immigration changes comes the possibility of immigration service fraud. Prosecutors say immigration services applicants could be targeted by scammers posing as ...

November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Illinois' Rauner tackles full transition agenda

... cronyism, and even sending Illinois into a "death spiral." The venture capitalist said he's been trying to meet with or call every member of the General Assembly, where he'll need support from Democrats who control both chambers to accomplish anything.

November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Chicago Public Schools students react to Obama's immigration executive order ...

Yesterday, I gave students the opportunity to understand and react to President Obama's speech about his immigration executive order. The approach I used in class with my Chicago Public Schools juniors and seniors can be easily adapted when discussing ...

November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

How Obamacare Lowers Your Property Taxes

“For the first time in the history of our health care system, we have more insured patients than uninsured,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in her annual budget address last month. “Health care system (executives have) balanced their ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

If Labor stayed home, then they reaped what they sowed

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, as a speaker on a labor panel at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, said that union members and non-union “working people” typically make up 20-22 percent of the electorate. He estimated that this ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Turkey Facts to Amaze Your Guests

--According to the National Turkey Federation (yes, that actually exists), Americans eat about 16 pounds of turkey per person, every year. Now, I like turkey, but with the exception of the occasional deli sandwich, I only eat turkey on Thanksgiving. I ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules

"This is a huge victory for teachers, nurses, firefighters and police and all the working people in the state," Illinois Federation of Labor President Dan Montgomery said. "They did what they said they were going to do, rule it unconstitutional. These ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Voice of The Southern: Carbondale, Gov. Quinn, Sesser money

If Quinn had refused a painting, he would have been the only Illinois governor, aside from the beyond-disgraced Rod Blagojevich, to be absent from the Hall of Governors portrait gallery. It wouldn't have been fair to Quinn or to the history of Illinois ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CTA approves 2015 budget with no fare increases

CTA President Forrest Claypool credits "responsible fiscal management." ___. Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, Comments. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Alderman Ameya wants Mayor Rahm to bring back full service to the Lincoln ...

Alas, the CTA board—at the urging of president Forrest Claypool, a mayoral appointee—cut the Western-to-Fullerton leg in 2012. Presumably, the CTA, having conducted a demographic study, concluded that no one lives and/or shops in that three-or-so ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Developers eager to start Pulaski Promenade work

Foundations are being laid for the long-awaited Pulaski Promenade retail development at 41st and Pulaski Road, and the project developers explained their plans and answered questions at the Nov. 12 Archer Heights Civic Association meeting.

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Burke files petitions for re-election bid

Ald. Edward Burke (14th) filed his nomination petitions Monday, seeking re-election to a 13th term in office. Burke filed nearly 3,500 signatures that came from eligible voters residing in the 14th Ward. He began his career in 1965 as a Chicago police ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Panel approves 6 more marijuana dispensaries, denies 1 for Wicker Park

Ald. Ed Burke had asked at a previous meeting that a proposed dispensary in his 14th Ward, at 4568-70 S. Archer Ave., be deferred as he pushed for tougher security measures, including 24-hour security guards at all Chicago dispensaries. On Friday ...

November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel Challengers Push To Make It Onto The Ballot In Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel left, listens while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti right, looks on during a panel discussion about the issues facing the nation's big cities at the University of Chicago, in Chicago, Thursday, March, 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul ...

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