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August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Mental health advocates blast Emanuel's clinic closings

Making the touch choices, the reforms necessary to achieve the goals.” Five years ago, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley tried to close four mental health clinics, only to back off under pressure after it was revealed that a faulty billing system had forced ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel laughs off Ed Kelly's 'suburbanite' label

Emanuel was referring to the marathon residency battle touched off by his decision to resign as White House chief of staff and return to Chicago to run for mayor after the retirement of his political mentor, former Mayor Richard M. Daley. In January ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

10 Biggest Tuition Increases at Illinois Universities for the 2014-2015 School ...

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) had the tuition and fees number for the 2013-2014 school year, but had not updated to the upcoming school year yet. As a result, the 2014-15 numbers are pulled from each school's individual website. The ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Term Limits Committee Seeks High Court Action

The case is at the appellate court level but Rauner believes the issue will have to be decided by the Illinois Supreme Court. The amendment limits state lawmakers to 8 years in the Illinois General Assembly, while also making other structural and ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn breaks ground for grade separation project along US 30 near state line

Marcus C. Evans Jr., D-Chicago, for helping push the funding through the Illinois General Assembly. “He understands that we have to pay,” Quinn said. “We realize how important the south suburbs are in Illinois.” Quinn also recognized the bi-state ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

The truth behind Illinois' jobless rate

Exhibit A: jacking up personal and corporate income taxes, as the Illinois General Assembly and Quinn did in January 2011. Quinn now wants to make those temporary increases permanent. Rauner is right that Illinois' labor participation rate has declined.


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Governor Pat Quinn Helps to Find Home for Anti Cruelty Dog on WGN Radio

Governor Pat Quinn kicks off our fist monthly Steve & Steve pet adoption segment on WGN Radio. Dog lover Steve Cochran has consented to do this Steve & Steve pet adoption thing every month (the last Tuesday of each month in the 9 a.m. hour).


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats

Perhaps because in 2012 he was booed off the stage at the traditional “Democrat Day” festivities at the Illinois State Fair — “Governor's Day,” as it's now known — Quinn opted to deliver his own speech at a brunch for about 1,400 party insiders at ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Karen Lewis inches closer to challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel

To kick off what she said was a series of neighborhood talks on the state of the city, Lewis chose the 19th Ward, a well-known bastion of Chicago Public Schools teachers, police, firefighters and other city employees. The ward is one of the eight ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

57 CPS schools to get air conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says students at 57 Chicago public schools will be able to focus on their teacher and not the temperature, now that air conditioning has been installed in those buildings. City officials said the work came in under budget, so air ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

On Tuesday, Ferguson officials released a statement, saying they plan to "learn from this tragedy" and vowed to take steps that could increase the number of black applicants to the police department and offer incentives to encourage city residency for ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

A black mom recounts her son's altercation with the police

Today, that son is a rising college junior at a top mathematics institute in Paris — a city where people protest almost daily while calm cops watch on the sidewalks and, if needed, walk toward, rather than charge after, a crowd; lead a suspect by the ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel stands pat on CPS hiring preference, despite Lewis blast

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday stood firm in his decision to give graduates of Chicago Public Schools a leg up on city jobs — including Chicago firefighters — despite surprise opposition from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. “We want ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Cornhog, anyone? BSU grad has plans for bacon business

His business pitch to an angel funding group in Chicago with ties to Notre Dame - Irish Angels - was well-received, he said, resulting in $10,000 in seed money to launch Bacon on a Stick at the 2013 fair. He recalls submitting his application to the ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Meet the Founders of The Chicago Football Classic

Larry Huggins: We looked at exposing kids to the historical black colleges of the South. And there's an economic impact, too: the revenue the game brings to the city of Chicago. As African-American businessmen that benefit tremendously from the city ...


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